War Horse National Theatre

War Horse
First staged at the National Theatre London 2007
Directed by Marianne Elliot and Tom Morris
West End, Broadway, Toronto, Germany, Australia, Amsterdam, UK tour, China & Japan.

War Horse was written, devised and designed over a two year period at the National Theatre. Design wise, it is a fantastic example of collaboration in the creative team; and of putting a horse puppet (not an actor) centre stage at the National Theatre. From a design point of view It was very inspiring working with Handspring, using my own drawings as a backdrop, and working with 59 Productions in animating those drawings.


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“It’s impossible to overstate the effectiveness of Rae Smith’s gorgeous design work. Its most evocative element is the torn page of a sketchbook overhead, which maps the shifting action and changing atmosphere with a mix of pencil drawings and projections.”

Hollywood Reporter, 2011