At a glance:
- Author: Peter Shaffer
- First Published: 1973
- Type of Work: Drama
- Genres: Drama, Psychological drama
- Subjects: 1970's, Family or family life, Sex or sexuality, Individuality, Spiritual life or spirituality, Horses, Psychoanalysis or psychoanalysts, Great Britain, Fundamentalism
- Locales: England
Martin Dysart, an overworked psychiatrist, is given the case of Alan Strang, a stableboy who has recently shocked the country by blinding nine horses with a hoof pick. At first reluctant, Dysart becomes intrigued with Alan, whose contemptuous stare makes him feel “accused.”
Meanwhile, Dysart questions Alan’s mother and father and discovers that both parents, though well-meaning, have strong views: His mother is a pious Christian, and his father is an atheist and old-style Socialist. Repulsed by a lurid crucifixion that Alan has chosen to hang over his bed, his father one...
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