One of the girls recently went to see ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ at the Apollo Theatre, London. Having read and loved the book the play was based on, the 2003 novel by Mark Haddon and winner of several awards including the Whitbread Book Award for Best Novel and Book of the year, she was quite dubious. The book is narrated in the first person perspective of its protagonist, Christopher John Francis Boon, a 15-year old who, although not specifically stated within the book, suffers from symptoms similar to Asperger syndrome. The book takes you deep into Christopher’s mind with stories told through his eyes and the unusual way he sees the world and responds to people – surely a difficult feat on stage?
However, the play’s adaptation by Simon Stephens both delights and surprises. Its small cast are well utilised playing several characters and passers-by on Christopher’s journey, alongside clever stage changes, props, physical movements and lighting effects to create a very convincing world seen and experienced through Christopher’s eyes. The result is a thought-provoking play which stays true to the original story and beautifully highlights the acting skills of its cast, in particular it’s leading man played by Luke Treadaway who did an outstanding job.
The team give this a Wild Card 4.5* out of 5 – hoorah!