The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time is currently being shown at The Marlow Theatre, Canterbury, and is most definitely not one to be missed.
Simon Stephens adaptation of Mark Haddon’s mystery novel ‘The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time’, was first brought to the stage in 2012. Currently in its fifth year, this emotion-filled play still manages to attract a theatre full of people, and what better venue to host such an epic piece of theatre than Canterbury’s very own Marlowe Theatre?
Directed by Marianne Elliot for The National Theatre, the ensemble of just ten people playing around 30 different characters was impeccably clever.
At first glance, the cube-like set appears incredibly minimalistic with hundreds of squares all over the walls. It’s not until the play begins that you notice the 892 pixel LED lights which are embedded throughout the five tons of steel which makes up the walls and floor.
The story embarks on an emotional rollercoaster through the eyes of Christopher Boone a 15-year-old boy with Asperger Syndrome (played by Scott Reid). The play makes you go from tearing up with laughter one minute to immensely confused the next. You begin to get a taste of how people with Asperger’s have to cope with everyday life.
As the story progresses, the sensitive issues of living with Asperger’s begin to shine through. The destruction of Christopher’s parent’s marriage is tackled with both sensitivity and realism. The actors David Michaels and Emma Beattie do the play much credit, allowing the audience to become part of the extraordinary yet challenging journey they have to embark on as Christopher’s parents.
By the time the play reaches the interval where all is cleverly revealed about who killed the dog in the night-time, your mind begins to open up to the realisation that the play isn’t so much about Christopher’s confusion with society, but society’s confusion with him.
Other than the extraordinary acting, Christopher’s mind was portrayed beautifully through movement, lighting and sound. Bright flashing lights and bursts of loud music helped the audience connect to what he was experiencing.
This emotionally engaging piece of theatre leaves you questioning society and the way we deal with people who see things in a different light.
The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time is at The Marlowe until Saturday, March 11. For more information regarding tickets please see their website.