Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Curious Incidents

Mark Haddon's novel 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time' was a highly original piece of writing. The unreliable narrator has been an interesting literary device for many years. Haddon's narrator was a teenage boy, Christopher, with Asperger's Syndrome. Not unreliable but one who saw the world very differently to most of us.

Adapting the story for the stage has led to this current tour of a remarkable piece of physical theatre, cutting edge technology and amazing props on a minimalist set.

Using the premise that a teacher has spent her time with Christopher persuading him to turn his journal into a play, we find ourselves watching the play he will eventually write.

If it is touring near you do try and see it. It is one of my top five theatre experiences of all time. The set-pieces at the end of each half are outstanding and it is worth not leaving your seat after the curtain calls (as a promise to the audience, made earlier in the play is delivered upon).

It has left Bristol now but will doubtless be around for a while.

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