A teenager’s struggle with his demons

Equus
Equus

Equus, Alnwick Playhouse, Thursday, April 12, 7.30pm. Tickets £12, £10 child/student, £13 premier.

IN a Hampshire stable, a youth blinds six horses with a metal spike.

Convicted of this appalling crime, seventeen-year-old Alan Strang is sent to a secure psychiatric hospital.

Martin Dysart, the child psychiatrist assigned to him, begins to probe Alan’s past in an attempt to understand his motives.

Initially, the boy is silent and uncooperative, but as Dysart digs deeper, he gradually gains Alan’s trust and the truth begins to emerge.

As Alan struggles to be free of his demons, he must first relive the events of that terrible night.

Inspired by a true story, Peter Shaffer’s unique psychological thriller explores the complex relationships between worship, myth and sexuality.

Equus comes to the Playhouse, courtesy of London Classic Theatre, as part of a 41-venue UK tour.