Last night I saw War Horse, the stage show at the New London Theatre, which has been adapted from Michael Morpurgo's children's novel of the same name.
It was a brilliant show — and incredibly emotional. The horses, which are life-size hand-spring puppets, look so real, you can actually see them breathing. They paw the ground, they ninny when they are scared, snort when they're excited. And they actually let actors scramble up on top of them to go for a ride!
It's a real ensemble act to bring this lovely war story to life without you sitting there thinking, that's just a bunch of sticks! I was mesmirised throughout — and for two-and-a-bit hours I believed the puppets were real.
If you get a chance to see it, please do. Tickets are available right up until February 2013.
You can read about what it is like to take part in the show at KevinfromCanada's blog, where actor William Rycroft shares this thoughts. (Sadly, Will couldn't perform last night; we had planned to meet up beforehand.)
You can also read a review of the book at Savidge Reads.