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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime (Waterside Theatre)

Back last night from seeing The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime at the Aylesbury Waterside – the third time I’ve seen this play which says something about how brilliant it is.

If you haven’t read the Mark Haddon book from which the play is adapted, it follows 15 year old Christopher, a child with Asperger Syndrome who has an extraordinary maths ability, but also difficulty interpreting everyday life. When he falls under suspicion of killing his neighbour’s dog, his carefully ordered world starts to unravel and he runs away from home to find his mum in London.

It’s the sort of synopsis that, on paper, sounds a bit grim , but actually the play, like the book, is ultimately uplifting with moments of real humour.

One of the most exciting elements of this play is its design – lights flash, music pumps, Christopher’s mental turmoil is thumped and strobed out so we can feel his pain and confusion, his thoughts coming to life physically as he jumps, falls, and floats (held by supporting actors) as he imagines himself in space. It all feels so modern and relevant and as someone who usually fatigues of the theatre half way through the performance (a four hour marathon at The Almeida in Islington still brings me out in sweats) The Curious Incident… is an absolute panacea.

Last year this show sold out really quickly – there are still four days to go, so I’m bashing this post out just to let you know that if you can still get tickets, you really should.

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