Meet Joey the life-size War Horse at Party in the Park

1 June 2018

Joey, the life-size horse puppet from the acclaimed National Theatre production War Horse will be a guest of honour at Party in the Park 2018 on Saturday 7 July at Woking Park.

The appearance of the equine puppet is in line with the event’s theme of Woking Remembers, as the Borough marks the centenaries of the end of World War One and the victory won by women in achieving the right to vote for the first time, in a family friendly extravaganza.

War Horse is the powerful story of a young boy called Albert and his beloved horse, Joey, who has been requisitioned to fight for the British in World War I. A remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship, this spellbinding adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s children’s novel features ground-breaking puppetry work by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, which brings breathing and galloping horses to life on stage .

Visitors to Party in the Park will be able to meet the majestic animal and watch how Joey’s puppeteers animate him in a series of open workshops and guest appearances throughout the day. He will also be making a star appearance with the Military Wives Choir, Windsor at the opening performance from 12noon on the Eagle Radio Main Stage.

Kash Bennett, the producer of War Horse said: “We are absolutely delighted to be bringing War Horse to Woking for the first time. We hope that Joey’s appearance at Party in the Park will bring people in Woking a taste of the theatrical magic and artistry that audiences can look forward to with this very special show.”

Cllr Colin Kemp, Woking Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Cultural and Community Development, said: “This is a very exciting announcement indeed for Party in the Park.

“Many people would have been to see this much-acclaimed stage show and marvelled at the intricacies of the life-like puppets, which have absorbed audiences across the globe. Now we have the chance to meet the star of the show face-to-face which is a fantastic privilege and a real once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

War Horse has been seen by over seven million people worldwide since its premiere at the National Theatre in 2007 and has won 25 awards. It will appear at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking from 1 to 18 August as part of a national tour and tickets are available at (fees apply).

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Image courtesy: Brinkhoff & Mogenburg