Q. and A. With the Puppeteers of ‘War Horse’ (The New York Times)
Adrian Kohler and Basil Jones, founders of the Handspring Puppet Company in South Africa, created all of the awe-inspiring puppets — led by nine horses — for the Lincoln Center Theater production of the London hit “War Horse.”
England, 1914. As World War One begins, Joey, young Albert's beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped from England to France. He's soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary journey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man's land. But Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home.
This powerfully moving and imaginative drama, filled with stirring music and songs, is a show of phenomenal inventiveness currently playing to packed houses in London and New York. At its heart are astonishing life-sized puppets created by South Africa's Handspring Puppet Company, that bring to life breathing, galloping, charging horses strong enough for men to ride.
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