|Covent Garden Food Market|
Tonight I had peri-peri chicken with grilled onions and greek salad. Hubby opted for the same chicken, but requested his in a ciabatta roll. We didn't manage to take pictures, but they were good. We did however, manage to get a picture of Rudolph in all his finery at the Garden.
|Rudolph with his nose so bright|
W.C. Fields has been quoted as saying, "Never work with children or animals." The reason he said this is because they will always upstage you. In this case, the animal puppets clearly steal the show.
|Joey (the horse) being taught to pull a plow|
|Topthorn in the Army before he meets Joey|
|Topthorn and Joey fighting for dominance|
|On tour, Joey meets Charlie, a retired racehorse|
Elliott and Morris recreate the kaleidoscopic horror of war through bold imagery, including the remorseless advance of a manually operated tank, and through the line-drawings of Rae Smith projected on to a suspended screen. Admittedly the performers are somewhat eclipsed by the action ... The joy of the evening, however, lies in the skilled recreation of equine life and in its unshaken belief that mankind is ennobled by its love of the horse.
|Topthorn and Joey off to fight the Germans in WWI|
Charles Spencer in The Daily Telegraph had written that, generally, "puppets are often an embarrassment, involving a lot of effort and fuss for negligible returns"; in this case, he praised the puppetry as "truly magnificent creations by the Handspring Puppet Company." The Times' 10-year-old guest reviewer called the show "movingly and realistically brought to life" and "an emotional and compelling adaptation of the book."
|Topthorn collapsing from exhaustion under German handling|
Both as an animal lover and an avid theatergoer, I found this play moving me to tears. I will admit that I cried when I watched the movie as well, but in this case these puppets were so realistically imbued with their own personalities that Albert and Joey's final reunion after the war ended had me silently crying in my seat. Kudos to the handlers and the actors who magically brought the story to life.
|War Horse at the New London Theatre|
I'm going to try to finish up a few things now, so until tomorrow.