Thursday, October 3, 2013

War Horse: the magic of Michael Morpurgo comes to SC

When we were last in England a few years ago, the play War Horse was a huge hit on the stage in London. First written in 1982 by Michael Morpurgo, the story chronicles the life and times of 'Joey', a fearless farm horse swept up in the battles of World War I. Before the story became the incredible award winning play, it was a beautifully crafted children's story with compelling illustrations by Francois Place. The book version was recommended to us by a friend in England who urged us to pick up a collection of Murpurgo's stories (here are two we loved and there are many more). My son couldn't put War Horse down and, so taken by the story, he even did a report and diorama on it for school. One staggering fact we learned from this story is that roughly as many horses died in WWI as did men. As you know, the play was in turn made into a hit movie that is geared more for adult viewers. Finally, the play has reached a stage near us...

The most unique aspect of the play is the visionary creation of a life-size mechanical "puppet" horse. The play is featured this month at the Peace Center in the heart of downtown Greenville, SC...

If you go, PMK recommends the Courtyard by Marriot hotel directly across the street from the Peace Center if you plan to stay a while (everything you could possibly need is within walking distance making this a great weekend getaway). The walk from here to Reedy Falls makes it worth the journey...

Such a peaceful spot and right around the corner from the Peace Center and the incredible War Horse.

War Horse
For tickets and information, visit the website here
For a link to the Peace Center, Greenville, SC click here
To purchase the book War Horse by Michael Morpurgo from Amazon click here
To learn more about the making of War Horse and Michael Morpurgo's inspiration watch this

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