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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Dysart comforts the hysterical and convulsing Alan, assuring the patient that he will be eventually cured of his mental illness.

By then, some critics were complaining that Shaffer had effectively dramatised the conflicts of God v Man and Apollo v Dionysus in three different settings. And at what length Would its gilded status now be tarnished by me being a different reader?

The Department of Theatre seeks students interested in studying acting, directing, scene design The production starred a pre-Broadway Charles S.

Equus by Peter Shaffer

Discussion Guides for Penguin Classics. At a point in the play, he questions his role as a healer, and whether it is better to allow dangerous but unique individuals alone or attempt to convert them into a safe, conforming members of society. It seemed like a good idea at the time, since coming out of high school I self-educated myself in playwriting by simply sjaffer every play I’d heard of.

In any case, this is a play about someone who sees and feels more deeply than ordinary folk and the idea that such depth is to be envied even if it prohibits its possessors from fully belonging to human society. Retrieved from ” https: Want to see your job listed here? Shaffer starts the play by offering the readers and audiences alike, a character to dislike – even hate.


Interesting, disturbing and devastating! I’ve re-read this numerous times since my junior year of high school; however, the last time was probably about a decade ago.

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New York Drama Critics’ Circle. Archived from the original on 2 January Caught between the dullness of modern society and the horror of human passion, Dysart stares out into the darkness, utterly ambivalent. Equus Revival Opens on Broadway Sept.

Martin Dysart to eqius the cause of the boy’s actions while wrestling with his own sense of purpose. I have talked away terrors and relieved many agonies. Local controversy over the nude scene was largely mitigated by casting a married couple as Jill equuus Alan.

Oregon Ballet Theatre is seeking professional classical dancers to fill positions at all levels Martin Dysart is a psychiatrist in a mental hospital. Retrieved December 31, I will however pay it so much homage.

Peter Shaffer wanted to make elaborate theatre – and he succeeded

As a former “horse girl,” I can agree that horse girls are a strange breed. Lord Byron, British Romantic poet and satirist whose poetry and personality captured the imagination…. Archived from the original on 24 September View all 3 comments. It’s easier to create someone who, as the main character in Peter Shaffer’s play, hurts animals in a fit of insanity and leave it at that, letting the audience mindlessly hate him, than it is to create a villain and really dig into his motives, Very minor spoilers.


Been teaching it for years now, but haven’t actually read it cover-to-cover in a whileit seems. The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica.

Alan sees the horses as representative of God and confuses his adoration of his “God” with sexual attraction. The play is a well written one with a very memorable story line and in depth characters.

I cannot call it ordained of God: Parts sacred to rarer and more wonderful gods. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand petee Cookie PolicyPrivacy Policyand Terms of Service.

This shaffsr was last edited on 10 Mayat Best Performance by Featured Actress in a Play. It was part of her A Level coursework and she’d forgotten all about it!

We welcome suggested improvements to any of our articles. But I wasn’t drawn into it because of that, didn’t keep reading it nonstop for an hour because of that, wasn’t utterly chilled by the past few shafder wherein the doctor wonders if he is doing the right thing in rehabilitating the boy because of that. First with John Dexter as director and then Hall, Shaffer created a theatre of grand visual and gestural spectacle.