“We Get to Know Him”

  • Toby Malone
  • Chris Jackman


The process by which the theatrical audience “gets to know” the characters of War Horse develops through multiple factors, assessed here in relation to different adaptations of the work. This begins with author Michael Morpurgo’s narrative strategies fostered to heighten real-world connections to his stories, and expands into puppetry techniques designed to encourage an audience’s relationship with the characters on stage. This chapter also discusses War Horse in mediums including radio, feature film, and filmed live theatre, with an assessment of how the work develops amidst different approaches.


War Horse Adaptation Michael Morpurgo Puppets National Theatre of Great Britain Handspring Puppet Company BBC 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Toby Malone
    • 1
  • Chris Jackman
    • 2
  1. 1.University of WaterlooWaterlooCanada
  2. 2.Centennial CollegeTorontoCanada

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