Equus [Peter Shaffer] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. An explosive play that took critics and audiences by storm, Equus is Peter Shaffer’s. Get all the key plot points of Peter Shaffer’s Equus on one page. From the creators of SparkNotes. This one-page guide includes a plot summary and brief analysis of Equus by Peter Shaffer. Equus is a play by English playwright Peter Shaffer. Focusing .

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On either side of The Royal Hunt of the Sun, he wrote two comic double bills: The usually courteous Paul Scofield exploded, when the writer arrived with yet more new speeches close to the opening of Amadeus: Books by Peter Shaffer. There was a problem with your submission. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Archived from the original on 11 January New York Drama Critics’ Circle. You just have to be aware of it.

Retrieved 20 August Most important are religious and ritual sacrifice themes, and the manner in which character Alan Strang constructs a personal theology involving the horses and the supreme shaffsr”Equus”. Eventually the other priests, aware of equuss misgivings, grab the knife from his hand before he awakens from the dream. Written init is a psychological drama about a family and what constitutes “Normal” in the human experience.

Equus play by Shaffer.

Peter Shaffer wanted to make elaborate theatre – and he succeeded

I’d pay a lot of money to see this play. My compassion is honest. In the end, it’s more of a thought-experiment than a real question, and moot as well, since I’m only going to have the opportunity to experience a tiny fraction of petr works on a live stage compared to the few I’ll get around to reading–it’s probably far easier to find a production of Cats than Coriolanusfor instance, unless you’re rather diligent, or live in a place that has a strong theatrical tradition.


I can’t help but think it’s mostly laziness on the part of the creators.

In reference to the play’s classical structure, themes, and characterisation, Shaffer has discussed the conflict between Apollonian and Dionysian values and systems in human life. Dysart is even jealous of Alan’s disturbance, since he feels that he has none of this kind of passion in his own life.

This practice has antagonized Alan’s father Frank, a nonbeliever. Radcliffe and Griffiths reprised their roles, and Thea Sharrock returned as director. It’s about the construction of God and meaning in the modern waste land; and perhaps even more compellingly, about the moral dilemma of a therapist who has to convince his patient to abandon all escape routes and return to the waste land.

Shaffer also adapted his play for a film of the same name. Many thanks to Eric Kibler who recommended a handful of his favorites, Equus among them.

Someone once told me that they thought Equus was outdated. I think today shqffer play feels really put in its time. Jun 14, Leigh rated it it was amazing Shelves: However I found it weak but that is just my opinion.

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Shaffer starts the play by offering the readers and audiences alike, a character to dislike – even hate. Been teaching it for years now, but haven’t actually read it cover-to-cover in a whileit seems. Dysart meets with Dalton, who tells him that he first held Alan to be a model worker, since he kept the stables immaculately clean and grooms the horses, including one named Nugget.


So what Equus argues then is that normal is not always ideal, and that madness is constructed by society. Preview — Ehaffer by Peter Shaffer. Does Alan want to have sex with Jill? I am yours and you are mine! It’s fine, turns out, is theatrical in the sense that it’s hard to grasp the impact of several scenes without staging. Shaffer’s great play of psychological suspense. Archived from the original on 30 December Dysart slices open the abdomens of hundreds of children, and pulls out their entrails.

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Alan was instantly interested when he discovered that Jill has such close contact with horses after she tells him that she works for a local stable owner. The action takes place after the event in the hospital which the courts have shaffer Alan, and while the crime is central to the play, the play revolves around the character of the psychiatrist, Dysart, who is tasked with ‘curing’ the boy.

Martin Dysart to understand the cause of the boy’s actions while wrestling with his own sense of purpose. The element that resonated with me most was the doctor’s dilemma. View all 3 comments. It’s like a horror film that conceals the monster until the end, but when we shfafer it, all we see is a guy in a rubber suit.

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