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CONTROVERSIAL EQUUS - 40th anniversary season at Sydney Fringe

BY Sirmai Arts Marketing | 26-Aug-2013
It has been 40 years since the debut of Peter Shaffer’s cult classic Equus. Now, new independent Sydney production house Nomadic Artists presents a powerful new staging of the play that has had police and parliamentarians scurrying throughout its history. EQUUS is War Horse meets physical theatre/psychological thriller! Sharp wit. A mysterious, twisting plot. Stunning physicality. For a strictly limited season at the Forum Theatre in Leichhardt, Sydney audiences will be completely immersed in the compelling and disturbing world of Equus.

EQUUS by Peter Shaffer

This modern classic probes the world of troubled youth in society. Equus is about a young boy who commits a uniquely disturbing crime and an investigating psychiatrist who questions the value and purpose of his own cure.

Equus provoked both outrage and applause when London's National Theatre premiered it in 1973. The sell-out Sydney premiere at the Old Tote the next year, starring Ron Faulk, led to an unsuccessful prosecution for indecent exposure against a young Alan Wilson. Fred Nile and the Council of Churches later successfully lobbied the NSW Government to remove the play from the school syllabus.

The acclaimed 1977 Sydney Lumet film version starring Richard Burton inflamed similar controversy and the West End revival in 2007 featuring Daniel Radcliffe and the late Richard Griffiths transferred to Broadway with huge success.

The impact of Equus on audiences is still profound. The play's universal themes - sexuality, violence, religion are pitted against the creation of identity and meaning. Together with the pressure of conformity, they drive a breathtaking narrative that is raw and unnerving.

This new stage production, directed by Michael Campbell, stars Martin Portus and Michael Brindley (pictured), with Lyn Lee, Brinley Meyer, James Moir and Jeannie Gee. Design by Tobhiyah Feller, with original music by Jessica Wells, sound design by Gary Dryza, lighting by Liam O'Keefe and movement direction by Lia Reutens.

Equus is an official event of the 2013 Sydney Fringe Festival www.sydneyfringe.com