We meet Joey the horse from War Horse as he gets ready for his scouse adventure
The National Theatre’s acclaimed production of War Horse makes its Merseyside premiere at the Liverpool Empire from 13 November – 2 December 2017.
Today we met Joey, the life-size equine puppet from War Horse as he made a special early morning appearance at the Liver Building, where he and the puppetry director will be available for a photo call. We then met Matthew Forbes War Horse’s Assistant Puppetry Director who gave us a puppetry demonstration and talk about the history of the show alongside Joey.
Watch the chat above with Claire Simmo and get your tickets sorted here.
War Horse, which has been seen by over seven million people worldwide, and completed its record-breaking eight year London run at the New London Theatre on 12 March 2016. It has won 25 awards including the Tony Award for Best Play on Broadway. Directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, Nick Stafford’s adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s remarkable story of courage, loyalty and friendship, about a young boy called Albert and his horse Joey, set against the backdrop of the First World War is the most successful play in the National Theatre’s history. It features ground-breaking puppetry work by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, which brings breathing, galloping horses to life on stage.
War Horse received its world premiere on 9 October 2007 at the National Theatre, where it played for two seasons before opening at the New London Theatre in March 2009. Since then, War Horse has been seen in 97 cities in 10 countries, including productions on Broadway, in Toronto and Berlin, with touring productions in the UK and Ireland, North America, the Netherlands and Belgium and China.
Michael Morpurgo said: ‘After a few months rest, out at pasture, Joey, the War Horse and his great team from the National Theatre, will be touring the UK again, from 2017 through to 2018 and the centenary of the end of the First World War. The NT will be taking their show all over the country, to towns and cities, many of them places War Horse has not been seen before. I am so pleased this is happening; that so many more people will have the chance to enjoy this unique theatrical event. Steady boy, steady Joey. Trot on!’
War Horse is designed by Rae Smith, with puppet direction, design and fabrication by Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler for Handspring Puppet Company, lighting byPaule Constable, and movement and horse choreography by Toby Sedgwick, with video design by Leo Warner and Mark Grimmer for 59 Productions, song makerJohn Tams, music by Adrian Sutton and sound by Christopher Shutt.
War Horse is produced by the National Theatre –www.warhorseonstage.com