Inspired by real events, Peter Shaffer’s Equus Â weaves the story of a community â psychiatrist, lawyer, family and friends â struggling to come to terms with the horrific actions of a young man, who by all accounts seemed normal, until he blinded six horses with a metal spike.
In defiance of our safe, sterile, superficial world, Equus boldly asks the question: “Have you ever really felt passion?”
Laywer Hesther Saloman calls on her friend and colleague, Psychiatrist Martin Dysart. She brings him the most challenging case of his career: a seventeen year old boy named Alan Strang.
Alan has a mundane job and two parents who love him. He is, by all accounts, normal. Until one night, on a date with alluring young stablehand Jill, Alan commits an act of unthinkable violence against the thing he loves most.
As the community struggles to pick up the pieces, Dysart is left to answer the question: Why did Alan Strang blind six horses with a metal spike?