I find people confusing.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Based on a novel by Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens
Directed by Marianne Elliot
Cast: Matthew Barker, Howard Ward, Nicola Walker, Luke Treadaway, Una Stubbs, Nick Sidi, Paul Ritter, Rhiannon Harper-Rafferty, Sophie Duval, Niamh Cusack
This was a recording of the 2012 production which won 7 Olivier Awards in 2013, including Best New Play.
When Mrs. Shears’ dog Wellington is killed with a garden fork, she suspects the neighbour’s fifteen year old son Christopher, who while gifted at maths is ill-equipped to cope with everyday life. Christopher goes against his father’s wish to solve the case, uncovering and solving another mystery that changes his entire life in the process.
I hadn’t read the book, so I didn’t know what to expect. What I got was a funny, surprising, touching, real and utterly human play that I can only recommend to anyone who is still in doubt about seeing it. The performances were great and the creative tools used to give the audience a glimpse into Christopher’s brain, from the choreographies to drawing on the stage and involving the other actors were very well thought through. The birds-eye view of the stage to let us see the chalk drawings properly were a great addition too.
This was the first time the usually rather reserved Viennese audience actually clapped at the end of a broadcast, which I think says a lot. I don’t want to give anything away, but everyone even stayed for what happened after the curtain call.
I really would like to see this play again, even though I am sure I won’t be able to stop myself from thinking
‘Train coming. Train stopped. Train going.’
every time I find myself on a tube platform in London from now on. Thanks for that, Mr. Haddon 😉