Buy Study Guide Dr. Martin Dysart is a psychiatrist who specializes in the treatment of children, but he has grown dissatisfied with his work. He is tired of his dull life and wonders if he is doing right by the children he treats. One day Hesther Salomon , a court magistrate, comes into his office, imploring him to take on a new client.
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Shelves: uk-irish , plays I hardly ever read plays; I know little about drama, and even less about its technicalities. Shaffer, an author I had never heard about. That cover though And the Latin one-word title that kept echoing in my mind. And, yes, the price 1. The subject is loosely based on a true act of violence that took place somewhere in England - a teenage I hardly ever read plays; I know little about drama, and even less about its technicalities. The subject is loosely based on a true act of violence that took place somewhere in England - a teenage boy blinded six horses with a spike, for no apparent reason hard to find a rational reason indeed, unless one calls reason itself into question.
Unfortunately for him his notions of Normality, Sanity, Right and Wrong collapse when he realises that the mind to be dissected on the slab of such notions is his own. A boy who can barely read, with no talent nor ambition, narcotised by television and commercial jingles, raised by an atheist asshole and a puritan cow; in short, a product of Pop culture and consumerism doomed to absorb only the worst of both worlds - that of worship and that of its opposite.
Thus he lives in the void between the two, a void echoing with frustrated desires and shapeless ghosts. But deities feed on sacrifice. And once you run out of victims, you either offer yourself or slaughter your deity on its own altar. He does both. And so will Dr Dysart. As a matter of fact, a large part of the western society got rid of religiosity a hundred years ago. What went missing is the consciousness of a need and the external references that allow us to feed such need in the first place, and then satisfy it as best we can.
A million years? Ever since our ancestors, for whatever reason, felt superior to the other shit-stinking apes and met their well-deserved doom out of Eden. An immense void. A cemetery of the living that all sorts of jackals and hyenas have been plundering and then filling with dung all throughout the glorious, tormented, heroic, miserable 20th century.
By becoming empty shells. By bartering the burden of worship for the weightlessness of inner misery. We all keep blinding our horses, day after day. And still we pretend it might be worth it, in the long run. Suggested soundtrack:.
Charles S. He begins with a monologue in which he outlines the case of year-old Alan Strang, who blinded six horses. He also divulges his feeling that his occupation is not all that he wishes it to be and his feelings of dissatisfaction and disappointment about his barren life. Dysart finds that the supply of troubled young people for him to "adjust" back into "normal" living is never-ending, but he doubts the value of treating these youths, since they will simply return to a dull, normal life that lacks any commitment and "worship" a recurring theme.
Shaffer was a Bevin Boy coal miner during World War II, and took a number of jobs including bookstore clerk, and assistant at the New York Public Library , before discovering his dramatic talents. Encouraged by this success, Shaffer continued to write and established his reputation as a playwright in , with the production of Five Finger Exercise ,  which opened in London under the direction of John Gielgud and won the Evening Standard Drama Award. His canon contains a unique mix of philosophical dramas and satirical comedies. The Royal Hunt of the Sun presents the conquest and killing of the Inca ruler Atahuallpa by the conquistador Francisco Pizarro in Peru , while Black Comedy takes a humorous look at the antics of a group of characters feeling their way around a pitch black room — although the stage is actually flooded with light.