Premiering in 2007 at the National Theatre, War Horse featured projection and video design by 59 Productions. Now, a decade later, War Horse has had 8 record-record breaking years in London’s West End and played in 11 countries around the world to over 7 million people.
At the outbreak of World War One, Joey, young Albert’s beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. he’s soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary odyssey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man’s land. But Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home.
Based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo, this powerfully moving and imaginative drama, filled with stirring music and songs, is a show of phenomenal inventiveness. At its heart are astonishing life-sized horses by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage.
Supporting these theatrical wonders is 59’s projection design, which transports audiences from rural Devon to the depths of war-ravaged France. Drawing on war artists and charcoal sketches of the war, the animations present an expressionistic vision of war, that is powerfully entrenched in the horror, power and textures of the world’s first mechanised war.