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Adapting War Horse

Cognition, the Spectator, and a Sense of Play

  • Toby Malone
  • Chris Jackman

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Toby Malone, Chris Jackman
    Pages 1-7
  3. Toby Malone, Chris Jackman
    Pages 9-28
  4. Toby Malone, Chris Jackman
    Pages 29-38
  5. Toby Malone, Chris Jackman
    Pages 39-49
  6. Toby Malone, Chris Jackman
    Pages 51-65
  7. Toby Malone, Chris Jackman
    Pages 67-77
  8. Toby Malone, Chris Jackman
    Pages 79-96
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 97-113

About this book

Introduction

This book analyses the success and adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s novel War Horse to stage, radio, live events, and feature film, in different cultures, on tours, and in translation. 


In under a decade, War Horse has gone from obscure children’s novel to arguably one of the world’s most recognisable theatrical brands, thanks to innovative puppet designs from South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company in an acclaimed stage production from the National Theatre of Great Britain.


With emphasis on embodied spectatorship, collaborative meaning-making, and imaginative ‘play,’ this book generates fresh insights into the enduring popularity of the franchise’s eponymous protagonist, Joey, offering the most in-depth study of War Horse to date.


Toby Malone is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Graduate Centre for Study of Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies, and is currently a faculty member at the University of Waterloo, Canada. Previous publications include Shakespeare SurveyLiterature/Film QuarterlyCanadian Theatre ReviewBorrowers and Lenders and The Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy.

Christopher J. Jackman is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Graduate Centre for Study of Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies, and is an alumnus of Massey College, Canada. He is currently Chair of Arts and Design at Centennial College in Toronto, has developed Centennial’s performing arts certificate programme, and remains an active director and performer. 

Keywords

National Theatre National Theatre of Great Britain Michael Morpurgo Gefährten Handspring Puppet Company performance puppetry Sleep No More immersion international translation cognition

Authors and affiliations

  • Toby Malone
    • 1
  • Chris Jackman
    • 2
  1. 1.University of WaterlooWaterlooCanada
  2. 2.Centennial CollegeTorontoCanada

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