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Theatre & Performance, Room 106

Joey puppet from War Horse

Puppet
2009 (made)
Artist/Maker

War Horse, the National Theatre’s stage adaptation of the book by Michael Morpurgo, tells the story of the horses sold to the army for service in the First World War. Joey and other puppets share the stage with an ensemble of actors, a signature style of the Handspring Puppet Company who designed and created the puppets. This Joey, from the West End transfer of War Horse, has performed in over 1,640 shows and was retired from the production in March 2013.

Joey is brought to life onstage in War Horse by three puppeteers, known as the Head, the Heart and the Hind. They work together to create the emotions and character of a horse through breath, noise and movement. Using the Japanese Bunraku ‘exposed’ style of puppetry, they are costumed and visible to the audiences but make Joey the focus of attention.

War Horse is based on a book by Michael Morpurgo, adapted for stage by Nick Stafford, 2007. Directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris for the National Theatre (Olivier Theatre), London, then New London Theatre and tour.


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Materials and Techniques
Aluminium frame, cane, Jelutong, waxed twine, nylon suspension mesh, bungee cord, leather, Evazote, birch ply, bicycle brake levers, tyvec, foam, car seat-belts
Brief Description
Life sized horse puppet (character name Joey) Designed by Adrian Kohler and Basil Jones of Handspring Puppet Company from the National Theatre production of War Horse, New London Theatre, 2009
Physical Description
Life sized horse puppet (character name Joey) Designed by Adrian Kohler and Basil Jones of Handspring Puppet Company from the National Theatre production of War Horse, New London Theatre, 2009
Dimensions
  • Width: 4702mm (Note: Display footprint)
  • Depth: 3404mm (Note: Display foorprint)
  • Height: 2295mm (Note: Display foorprint)
Credit line
Given by Handspring Puppet Company
Literary References
  • War Horse
Summary
War Horse, the National Theatre’s stage adaptation of the book by Michael Morpurgo, tells the story of the horses sold to the army for service in the First World War. Joey and other puppets share the stage with an ensemble of actors, a signature style of the Handspring Puppet Company who designed and created the puppets. This Joey, from the West End transfer of War Horse, has performed in over 1,640 shows and was retired from the production in March 2013.



Joey is brought to life onstage in War Horse by three puppeteers, known as the Head, the Heart and the Hind. They work together to create the emotions and character of a horse through breath, noise and movement. Using the Japanese Bunraku ‘exposed’ style of puppetry, they are costumed and visible to the audiences but make Joey the focus of attention.



War Horse is based on a book by Michael Morpurgo, adapted for stage by Nick Stafford, 2007. Directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris for the National Theatre (Olivier Theatre), London, then New London Theatre and tour.
Collection
Accession Number
S.3831:1 to 8-2013

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record createdOctober 3, 2013
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