10 interesting facts about Joey in War Horse
9 May 2019
War Horse has been a very popular show, 8 record breaking years In London’s West End and having played in 11 countries around the world to over 7 million people. The national theatres critically acclaimed play War horse London is currently touring the UK.
The story looks at the outbreak of world war one, Joey, young Albert’s beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped off to France. He is involved in enemy fire on the front line and fate takes him on an extraordinary journey. Joey finds himself serving on both sides of the war before finding himself alone in no man’s land. Albert remained on his parents Devon Farm but he is unable to forget Joey. He is not able to join the army due to his age so he embarks on a mission to find him and bring him home.
The War horse theatre performance is based on a novel by Michael Morpurgo, this is a powerfully moving and imaginative drama filled with amazing music and songs. At its heart are astonishing life sized horses by South Africa’s Handspring puppet Company. They will bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to life on stage. KX tickets are offering War horse London tickets on their website.
Here are some interesting facts about Joey in War horse:
- The puppet of Joey weighs 120lbs and was handmade by around 14 people. The frame of the horse is mostly cane that is soaked, bent and stained.
- Stretched hosiery like georgette fabric makes up the skin beneath the frame of the horse. An aluminium frame along the spine of the horse is lined partly with leather for comfort which allows the horse to be ridden.
- A puppeteer at the head will control the ears and the head, one in the heart controls breathing and front legs. A third in the hind controls the tail and back legs.
- The tail and ears are moveable instead of the lips or eyelids because that’s how horses usually like to express themselves.
- A harness on the horse connects the puppets and puppeteers spines so the movements become the breathing of the horse.
- The puppet is just under 10ft long and about 8ft tall and has about 20 major joints. The verticle levers curl the knees and lift the hooves.
- The hair in the mane and tail is made of Tyvek which is a plastic like paper.
- The eyes are black in colour which is behind clear resin so light is able to refracts through them.
- The neck of the horse is made of carbon fiber glass because it increases flexibility.
- There are two levers that connect with bicycle brake cables to control the leather ears.
Looking for an imaginative drama show in London? Then come join in to embark on a treacherous mission to find Albert's horse and bring him home. Book your tickets today!