“By far the best theatre I have seen in a very long time – and I have seen a lot of theatre”
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, written by Mark Haddon, follows the story of Christopher John Francis Boone. Christopher is a teenager driven by numbers, colours and solving a mystery! It is never stated what Christopher’s condition might be, instead we just see him with a councilor talking about his day to day experiences. However, there are signifiers throughout the text that could suggest Aspberger Syndrome could be part of the reason for his behaviour.
I was recently surprised by my other half with a pair of tickets to see the recent stage adaptation of the best selling book and was overwhelmed with excitement – I had been dropping hints for long enough! In the build up to the show, I kept being warned, “We’re up in the Gods. The seats really aren’t that great, don’t get too excited.” What a load of rubbish that was! He was correct, we were up in the Gods (not for those suffering from vertigo!) but I think the Gods is where we needed to be to see this little slice of heaven. As you can see from the stage shot below, watching from a birds eye view was advantageous and that definitely wasn’t isolated to this single scene.
The set was packed with hundreds of LED lights that were essential in setting the scene. Props were minimal and so you relied on the LED lights throughout. They were used very well to distinguish location. My favourite use of the LED lighting was when the staging transformed into a galaxy of beautiful shimmering stars. This was accompanied by a dance sequence which made it look like Christopher was flying through space. It was stunning and definitely the highlight of the performance.
The acting throughout the piece was faultless. I was particularly impressed with Luke Treadaway who played Christopher. Performing such a complex character in a sympathetic manner is renownedly difficult to do. I, myself, have had to do a piece of theatre on Autism Spectrum Disorder and found it extremely hard to find the right balance. However, Luke Treadaway did a fantastic job to which I commend him.
I don’t want to give too much away so I’ll just close this review by saying this – If you don’t go and see it, you’re crazy and you’ll regret it forever because you will only ever hear good things about it, so go…now. Do it!