The Great War Horse

North Holmes Road Campus
Arts and Humanities
Friday 15 (13:00) - Saturday 16 September 2017 (18:00)
If you have any questions or require further information about this event please contact the event organisers.

Price List

  • £30 Full price
  • £20 Independent arts practitioners
  • £10 Post-graduate Students
  • Free to current CCCU and Kent Students

The Great War Horse brings together academics and theatre practitioners to evaluate and discuss War Horse, the landmark collaboration between London’s National Theatre and South African Handspring Puppet Company. In 2017 War Horse celebrates its tenth anniversary and starts its second UK national tour at The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury. This seems an auspicious moment to examine its impact on UK theatre, particularly on the puppetry sector.

Below is an outline for the two days. You can register for either day individually or both days together. There are multiple price points on the booking page, please select the most appropriate for you.

Friday 15th September 2017

All day puppetry Masterclass with Henry Maynard of Flabbergast Theatre. Henry performed in the West End version of War Horse for eighteen months as the head of Topthorn. His workshop will give an insight into his puppetry practice. (N.B. This workshop is limited to 25 participants)

Papers 1 – Perspectives from Practitioners. This panel brings together puppetry practitioners to offer their perspectives on War Horse and puppetry in the UK.

Performance of War Horse at the Marlowe Theatre. (Tickets must be purchased separately from the Marlowe)

Saturday 16th September

Registration and Welcome in the foyer of the Marlowe Theatre.

Olifantland film screening. A fascinating insight into some of the work that Handspring Puppet Company has achieved thanks to the legacy of War Horse.

Keynote Talk – Geographies of Collaboration: The Legacy of War Horse – Basil Jones & Adrian Kohler, Artistic Directors of Handspring Puppet Company, discuss War Horse, the show’s legacy and how their work has developed since.

Craig Leo and Matt Forbes in Conversation - Two of the puppeteers working on the current UK tour of War Horse share insights into the production.

Walk to Canterbury Christ Church University (c.10 mins) for buffet lunch and afternoon events.

Papers 2 – Perspectives from Academics. This panel brings together several academics from across the UK to discuss War Horse and its impact on puppetry and theatre more broadly.

Closing Plenary – What next for UK puppetry? Representatives from the UK puppetry sector form a panel to discuss the future direction of puppetry in the UK.

Performance of War Horse at the Marlowe Theatre. (Tickets must be purchased separately from the Marlowe)

This event is hosted by Canterbury Christ Church University in collaboration with The Marlowe Theatre and the University of Kent.


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