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War Horse is a play based on the eponymous novel by Michael Morpurgo and performed at the New London Theatre in London.
The story tells of a boy, Albert, who looks after a foul, Joey, his father bid for whilst drunk and how he grows to love the horse. The foul grows into a stunning and powerful horse that is meant for riding after Albert trains it up.
Albert's drunken father, in a bid for more money, sells the horse to the army who will send it to the WW1 battlefields.
Eventually Albert gets into the army too and the story is of him trying to find Joey. Along side Albert's story there is Joey's tale of what he does during the war.
All the animals in the play are puppets associated with the Handspring Puppet Company. This premise concerned me before I went to the play. I thought the puppets would be off-putting. I couldn't have been more wrong! The puppetry was brilliant, elegant, and masterful. Joey was played by three people: One for the head and two under the torso controlling the legs.