The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Night-Time – Gielgud Theatre, London

The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Night-Time has been in London’s West End since 2012 and with seven Olivier Awards and five Tony Awards to it’s name, it’s no surprise to see audiences being moved in their seats with the imaginative and emotional story of Christopher Boone, a fifteen year old boy with what he calls “behavioural difficulties”.

The story based on Mark Haddon’s novel takes us on an exciting journey in which Christopher attempts to find the culprit who murdered his neighbours dog. Something which may sound rather simple yet far fetched – but it is anything but simple.

We follow Christopher as he encounters difficulties in making conversations with others and the family secrets he uncovers whilst he plays detective. This is an unforgettable performance that will touch many, leaving you with questions about not only yourself, but how you converse with others.

For this performance the role of Christopher was played by Sion Daniel Young. His portrayal as Christopher was amazing – his mannerisms, his apparent awkwardness around others and lack of eye contact and what got me most – how a simple sentence or spoken words can be understood in their a very literal sense. His continual energetic performance and the range of movement and emotions meant the audience were constantly glued to his performance.

It is very hard not to fall in love with Christopher’s character and the audience were very much rooting for him. Even more so on his side was his teacher Siobhan, played by Rebecca Lacey. Her warming and heartfelt performance showed the fantastic connection and relationship they have with each other. I truly believed she wanted the very best for him and both performances are testament to the fantastic cast and acting in this show.

Curious Incident deals with many difficult topics, including Asperger Syndrome and raises much awareness about this. I didn’t know much about, however from the show it made me look at how I communicate with others and the fragility of relationships.

Bunny Christie’s set design is jaw dropping and astounding. Through the use of technology in the set and the direction from Marianne Elliot, they compliment each other perfectly to provide amazing digital effects that heighten the story, breaking the ‘fourth wall’ so the audience feel very much so part of the performance. The set is designed to depict the inside of Christopher’s mind, at times in can be simplistic and tranquil, yet at others there are many sights, sounds and experiences. A great example of this is a scene set in London – the use of lighting and sound were truly captivating and it made me think this is how London could really feel for some.

The Curious Incident of The Dog In The Night-Time is a fantastic show you must see. The perfect casting along with the set design, lighting and sound make this an experience you wont forget in a hurry and you will want to come back again and again.

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