Equus Rides Again

The Best Reviewed Play of 2017 Returns to the Little Carib Theatre

After rave reviews from critics and audiences alike, and overwhelming public demand, The Players’ Workshop’s production of Peter Shaffer’s Equus returns to the Little Carib Theatre, 10 – 12 November, for three final performances.

Inspired by a true story, Peter Shaffer’s passionate and gripping psychological thriller is considered a cornerstone of contemporary drama. The original play won multiple theatre awards including the Tony Award and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play and Outer Critics Circle Award for Most Outstanding Play.

Of their initial run, The Players’ Workshop’s production earned the following reviews:

 “… like an oasis in the local theatre landscape. Equus is riveting as it is intense.“

Peter Ray Blood | T&T Guardian

“…well-directed, well-acted, and an overall phenomenal experience.”

Shazim Khan | Break The Proscenium

“This is the kind of play that draws you in.”

Peter Sheppard | FAME TT

This Players’ Workshop production is by no mean a light-hearted piece of theatre. In fact, it stands “in stark contrast to the deluge of farce-type plays that flood local theatre” according to one reviewer.

Dr. Martin Dysart (Michael Cherrie), a psychiatrist, takes on the case of Alan Strang (Makesi Algernon), an introverted teenager who has been accused of brutally blinding six horses. Dysart slowly unravels Alan’s background, learning that he grew up in a strained household with a devoutly religious mother (Cecilia Salazar) and an atheist father (Wayne Lee-Sing). But as Dysart pieces together the psychological puzzle of Alan’s problems, it leads to his own existential crisis.

A scene from The Players’ Workshop’s production of Equus at the Little Carib Theatre | Photo credit: Stefan Simmons

Michael – a Cacique Award winning actor,  and Makesi, who made his debut with this production, were especially praised for their emotionally layered and convincing portrayals.

Equus’ vast appeal lies in its trifecta; cathartic performances by a talented cast, artful direction of Mervyn de Goeas, and a powerful script that explores the complexities of the human condition which “comes like a gasp of fresh air amidst a flotsam of regurgitated plots”, according to a review.

Having received overwhelming public demands for an encore after its first run, and earning the moniker as ‘The Best Reviewed Play of 2017’, this Players’ Workshop production has proven that there is a local market for ‘serious’ theatre.

For three performances only, The Players’ Workshop’s production of EQUUS returns by popular demand, to the Little Carib Theatre, Friday 10th – Sunday 12th November. Showtime – 8PM on Friday and Saturday, and Sunday at 6PM. Tickets cost $200

For More information call 497-1864, 622-4644, email theplayersworkshop84@gmail.com, or find The Players’ Workshop on facebook.


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