Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time 

July 20, 2017 by Claire Cosgrove

With so many big name musicals touring through The Cliff’s over the last few months, it was a refreshing change to absorb myself in The National Theatre’s internationally acclaimed production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

I read the book many years ago and it’s a wonder to me how such a beautiful and complex book by Mark Haddon, could be so successfully adapted into this remarkable play. It’s genius.

It’s a fascinating tale of a young boy, Christopher, with an extraordinary mind. His sensitivity to touch, his dislike of the colour yellow and his inability to lie, sets him at odds with the world and makes every day an assault course of fear and discomfort. Accused of killing a neighbour’s dog, he turns detective to find the true culprit but unearths family secrets along the way, pushing him to his very limits.

Could this play be the closest you can get to beginning to understand how it feels to live with a condition, such as Asperger Syndrome? Quite possibly.

It’s no wonder the director, Marianne Elliot, was revered for her creativity. The staging is spectacular. A simple cube fills the stage and is brought to life through a use of different techniques; a sequence of lights, a projected graphic, a drawn chalk line or a shift of movement from the actors. The use of lights, movement and music attacks the senses, and you get a glimpse into the world of someone living on the spectrum. It’s dazzling and made all the better for being on a huge stage, such as The Cliff’s.

The cast are so believable. Scott Reid, as our protagonist Christopher, plays the role with such endearing sensitivity. Reid is on stage nearly the entire performance and he is terrific, negotiating between the intricate staging. David Michaels, gives a wonderfully measured performance as his father, Ed, showing us his ultimate frustration at coping with a challenging child. Lucianne McEvoy plays Christopher’s teacher with calm authority, a voice of reason and understanding in his complicated world. In fact, the whole cast stitch the play together with brilliance.

A winner of 7 Olivier Awards and 5 Tony Awards® including Best Play, it’s a little bit special. On at The Cliff’s Pavilion until Saturday 22nd July – prepare to be mesmerized.

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