An Interview with War Horse Actors
Michael Morpurgo’s and the National Theatre’s War Horse has experienced tremendous success over the past few years. With five years of performance, two Laurence Olivier Awards and four Tony Awards under its belt, as well as inspiring the Steven Spielberg’s Hollywood blockbuster of the same name, it seems like the show is unstoppable. Part of the reason for the shows success, playing to packed audiences at the New London Theatre night after night, is the strength of the actors and puppeteers behind the show.
We caught up with two actors involved in War Horse, Henry Maynard who is playing Topthorn’s head in the show, and Richard Booth who will take over Henry’s role in 2013. Rebecca chatted with the pair about all things War Horse and their involvement in the show, as well as their draw to puppetry and what inspires them about this form of theatre.
Long before their involvement in War Horse, Henry and Richard had worked together, and continue to do so, as Puppeteer’s for Flabbergast Theatre, a company formed in 2010 that focuses on devised physical theatre and puppetry. Flabbergast develops adult puppetry and leans towards the Japanese art of Bunraku Puppets within their work. In the video below both Henry and Richard tell Rebecca a little bit more about their involvement with Flabbergast Theatre, the world of puppets and their good friends Boris & Sergey! (Warning: the following interview contains explicit content)
Flabbergast Theatre will continue to tour shows until the end of 2012 and throughout 2013. Boris and Sergey’s Vaudevillian adventure runs at the Soho Theatre from the 19th – 29th December and will be part of the Little Angel Theatre’s spring season in February.
Click here to learn more about Flabbergast Theatre and how to get involved in their next puppetry workshop.