By Peter Shaffer

    19:45, Tue 15th February 2022 - Sat 19th February 2022 at ADC Theatre
    Lent Week 4

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    Mental illness
    Animal cruelty or animal death
    Self-injurious behavior (self-harm, eating disorders, etc.)
    Depiction of pornography

    When a deranged boy, Alan Strang, blinds six horses with a metal spike he is sentenced to psychiatric treatment. Dr Dysart is the man given the task of uncovering what happened the night Strang committed his crime, but in doing so will open up his own wounds. Dysart struggles in secret to define sanity, to justify his marriage, to account for his career, and finds himself questioning the 'normality' of his way of life. Ultimately, he must ask himself: is it patient or psychiatrist whose life is being laid bare? The most shocking play of its day, Equus uses an act of violence to explore faith, insanity and how the materialism of modern life can destroy humanity's capacity for pain and passion.

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