Earlier this summer the National Theatre’s award winning production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time took to it’s new home at the Gielgud Theater, London West End. Winner of 7 Olivier awards, including best new play and adapted from the popular Mark Haddon novel, I was curious about this show but just hadn’t got round seeing it.
Sometimes when a show is doing well on the West End, following a National Theatre run, you know it’s there and know you should see it but keep putting off, War Horse style. I make this reference as I have been planning to see War Horse since 2009 and if I’m not it will end up on my pre 30th birthday bucket list… Anyway my point is that Curious Incident is a show that NEEDS to be seen.
There is something about this show that feels so very human and will see even the biggest butchest hard heart struggling to fight back the odd tear.
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.
The play is not just any detective story, but an exploration of relationships and what it feels like to be inside the mind of an autistic young person, explored beautifully through the staging which highlights the constrictions and conflicts that go on inside a different kind of mind that is both sensitive and hyper intelligent. Credit here goes to the cast who are both believable and engaging.
We’ve all been there where even in the most entertaining of shows you’re eyeing up the toilet and wondering when they are going to get on with the end of Act I jazz hands so you can make a beeline for the overpriced ice cream , but this show leaves you completely immersed you genuinely want to solve Christopher’s misery alongside him and feel for him as the events unravel.
Emotions aside there are plenty of giggles too and is certainly a show that all can enjoy.
Booking can be done via the website and a certain number of bargain tastic £15 tickets are avaliable from the box office each day.