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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

April 7, 2013

The first thing I said to Mike as we left the Apollo theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue after Saturday’s matinee of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” was, “that must have been incredibly interesting for you.” Mike has been teaching severely autistic children at the Island Project school these past five years. A school which has been designed from the perspective of the children.

Mark Haddon‘s well known book which tells a story from the perspective of an autistic young man called Christopher Boone has been adapted for the stage by Simon Stephens. I had not read the book so the play was my introduction to Christopher’s world and what an amazing world it is. A world which is shared with us through very clever magical design, wonderful choreography and an outstanding performance by Luke Treadaway as Christopher.

The stage is Christopher’s Universe and all of the other characters in his story have their place within his Universe. We see and hear everything from his perspective. It is a profound and humbling experience to be placed inside the sensitive and intimate space of another person’s troubled yet remarkable mind. An opportunity to identify and empathise with one of us who really needs our understanding and our affection.

Good theatre has the power to transform us for the better. “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” is an assault on our senses which leaves one with a whole new perspective on being misunderstood. Quite wonderful.



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