Tuesday, 17 December 2013

The Curious Incident on Stage

I was incredibly fortunate to get to see The National Theatre's adaptation of Mark Haddon's much-loved modern classic, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, about an autistic boy who uncovers secrets of his past whilst trying to solve the mystery of who stabbed next door's dog to death with a (garden) fork.

I can hardly believe it has almost been ten years since this was published! I still remember the cover as being cream and red-striped, though it has had many incarnations since. The question on everybody's lips was 'how on earth do you translate such a complex book into a stage play?' Well, the answer is: you give it to the National Theatre, obviously.

It really was so well done. A very clever stage and lots of neat tricks, but not at the expense of a powerful performance. Absolutely worth going to see if you get the chance - booking information online.

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