Theatre Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

A short theatre review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Simon Stephens.
Based on the book by Mark Hadden, click here.

First of all, I need to say that I have yet to read the book. I took it away with me on holiday, and although I had good intentions to read the book before I went to see the play, I unfortunately didn’t get round to it. However, I do not think that ruined the experience.

Taken from the stageshow website:

ABOUT THE SHOW

Winner of seven 2013 Olivier Awards and five 2015 Tony Awards®, including Best Play, this thrilling production has been hailed by The Times as ‘a phenomenal combination of storytelling and spectacle.’ 

Christopher, fifteen years old, stands beside Mrs Shears’ dead dog. It has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in the book he is writing to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington. He has an extraordinary brain, exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.

Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time was originally published in 2003. It was the winner of more than seventeen literary awards, including prizes in Japan, Holland and Italy as well as the Whitbread Book of the Year Award in the UK in 2004.”

From start to finish I was captivated by the charm, good humour and even the sadness. I was absorbed in watching it with my eyes peeled and my heart beating, perhaps almost as fast as the main character, Christophers!

I wasn’t too sure if I would be able to cope with the loud noises and the strobe lighting, not only because of it making me feel anxious, but also for it setting of an extreme attack of my hemicrania continua (headache disorder), but I managed to sit through it all!

The fact the audience are given an intense sensory experience, much to the likeness of how it would be for anyone on the autistic specturm, was just incredible.

The lead actor who played Christopher, was amazing. I’m not someone who often goes to plays. I usually prefer musicals! However, in this case, I changed my tune (excuse the pun).

The play was extremely high tech, and so modern. I felt as though we were witnessing a Matrix scenerio, trapped in a box, and so many hidden doors with small props behind them. I’m amazed they knew where to find them and didn’t get muddled up!

Eventually, with the actors providing a brilliant performance, they form the story and set. It made me smile everytime I saw a piece of the train set being built and was just in awe when trainline was complete and watching the entire set come to life.

The chaos of the tube lines were, and often are, for me a genuine fear.
The chaos of people, the loud noise, and the complications of all the different stops. Even though this was a fictional storyline, I was proud that Christopher managed to make it to his mothers house! A journey like that is something I doubt very much that I can do on my own, even though my brother who has aspergers has done before as well as my sister who has social anxiety! (Oh, and they’re both the youngest of us all!)

The show is  thoroughly captivating, and inspiring, and is such an entertaining show with loads of  awesome realistic effects and an incredily talented cast who provide a theatre experience like no other.

I may not have read the book, but I don’t think I needed to. I was gripped from the very beginning, all the way through to the very end.

In a way, I left feeling not quite sure of what I’d just experienced – incredible.

…And I still don’t understand the maths question..! 😉

 

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