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Living Paintings

West End Wizardry

Suitable for: Book Clubs

Sponsored by: Masonic Charitable Foundation

Available braille grades:

A trip to the West End theatre to find out more about two highly successful recent productions – War Horse and Wicked. Both use innovative special effects to create a truly magical theatrical experience


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The horses are made using bamboo cane that has been bent into shape and then fixed to an aluminium frame with waxed thread. Thin material is stretched between the canes and strips of leather added for the mane and tail.
The horse puppets are worked by three actors two inside the body of the horse and one who operates the head. They call themselves the Head, Heart and Hind and they must work seamlessly together as a team to give life to the horse. Their movements are choreographed, to give the effect of moving like a real horse. The puppeteers breathe together and make noises such as whinnying and snickering in reaction to what's happening on stage. Noises a horse would make. Because they are behaving like a real horse, each performance might be slightly different as they react to what's happening around them. It's tough, physical and demanding work as they have to bend their bodies to manipulate the puppets.


What's inside

  • 10 copies of two or three raised tactile images.
  • Audio descriptions with music and sound effects in your chosen format of either CD or USB.
  • An A4 large print colour image pack, containing 10 copies of each topic.
  • Guidance Notes, for Book Club leaders, to help you make the most of using this book.
  • An ‘Articles for the Blind’ returns label for the free and convenient return of the box.

Touch to see image list

Joey & Albert from War Horse
Glinda & Elphaba from Wicked

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A Great Success This book went really well with the group. We particularly enjoyed feeling the structure of War Horse. A Great Success! Croydon Vol Ass for the Blind
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