We reviewed the UK Tour when it visited Stoke-on-Trent. 

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This version of the tour has finished but the show continues to play at the Gielgud Theatre in London, we have therefore moved the review to London Shows.

 

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

 

Sitting and discussing previous readings of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” finds one contemplating what it must be like as a young adult who is struggling to find the truth in a world that suddenly becomes all a whole manor of upside down and topsy-turvey.

The room goes black. There’s a flurry of lights and sound.

You look up in your startled confusion and see a canine corpse. There’s a young man standing over it and a woman who is using every expletive she can fathom to convey her despair.

Welcome to the beginning of the story. Welcome to Christopher’s world.

Set in a simple black box with clever lighting, genius prop use and mastered projections, you feel like you are watching your younger sibling performing that play they have been working on all morning in their makeshift theatre … if you’d recently re-located to Tron.

The simple backdrop allows you to see just how incredible the cast really are. There is no shortage of incredible word play and scenes that have choreography so inventive and precise you can’t help but analyse the moves much like Christopher would, checking angles and calculating error. When not serving as props and choreographic aids, the supporting cast provide sporadic comedic relief but never take away from Joshua Jenkins (Christopher) enigmatic lure. Joshua plays his part so well it leaves you feeling emotionally drained before the entirely cathartic ending. While you are, indeed, taken on an intense emotional rollercoaster there are two brief moments that you could be forgiven for evading Joshua’s firm hold on your heart strings and these are when Toby the rat makes his surprise introduction, followed by his adorable successors surprise and ‘awww’ inducing entrance.

The collective hard work of the cast and crew allows for Simon Stephens' award winning adaptation of Mark Haddon’s 2003 novel remain true to the original story and leaves you elated that you had the chance to follow Christopher on his investigative journey through his extraordinary mind as it tries to process life, metaphors, adultery and Pythagorean Theorem.

 

Reviewed by Kym Ellis