Inspired by a true story, Peter Shaffer’s gripping and transfixing psychological thriller ‘Equus’ comes to The Lowry, re-imagined by award-winning theatre director Ned Bennett. Syreeta Kumar plays the roles of Dora Strang and a Horse in the play that explores the complex relationships between devotion, myth and sexuality. We talked to her about the thriller that comes to the Salford stage Tue 23 – Sat 27 April.
What is Equus about?
Equus is about a young boy who blinds 6 horses and his psychiatrist, who tries to understand what has caused his actions. However the psychiatrist ends up self-examining his own beliefs, worship…. purpose!
What role do you play and what’s the story of your character?
I play Dora, mother of Alan. My story is explaining a bit of Alan’s background to the Doctor, and coming to terms with the actions of my son.
What’s your favourite part of the show?
My favourite part is a beautiful scene where Alan first meets a horse on the beach and gets to ride on him and THEN his father Frank and I come in and destroy the scene by shouting and telling him to get down…. what fun!
How is ETTs version different to others?
I’m not sure, I haven’t seen the others! However I know that this is the first time the play has been done without following the specific staging instructions. I also know previously masks were used for the horses, there are no masks in our production.
If you could describe the play in three words what would you choose?
Love, God, Meaning.
‘Equus’ is brought to The Lowry by English Touring Theatre. The show will run at the Salford venue Tue 23 – Sat 27 April 2019. For more information and tickets visit the website or call box office on 0843 208 6000.