Black Beauty Synopsis

We meet two brothers—Andy McCuddy and Andy McCuddy—who have an alter ego (they are the front and back of a pantomime Horse named Hamish). When Older Andy and Younger Andy have trouble landing work, they decide to sell their personal possessions to make ends meet. As they prepare for the sale, they rediscover their beloved mother's copy of Black Beauty.

Andy and Andy decide to reenact their favorite parts of the story to cheer themselves up. Soon, a disagreement about how to tell the story leads to a falling out. But, drawing inspiration and strength from Black Beauty’s tale, they make nice and continue to tell the story using a variety of household objects before they go to bed.

The next morning they receive good news and move on to an exciting opportunity—one they've always dreamed of...

About the Show
Black Beauty is an 1877 novel by English author Anna Sewell. It was composed in the last years of her life, and became an immediate best-seller. With 50 million copies sold worldwide, Black Beauty is one of the best-selling books of all time and has been adapted for television and film.

Red Bridge Arts and the Traverse Theatre Company are delighted to bring together Scotland's finest artists making work for children. Black Beauty is the source of the well-known expression "straight from the horse's mouth," and Andy Cannon, Andy Manley and Shona Reppe have taken this as their starting point for bringing new life and invention to this classic tale.

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