The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time
Adapted by Simon Stephens, Based on the Novel by Mark Haddon
I had been meaning to read this play for some time. I finally got around to it and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I started the novel some years ago and didn’t finish it. When I saw that the National Theatre company was producing it I was keen to watch it as part of its National Theatre Live program. For one reason or another, I missed that as well, unfortunately.
I just had a feeling about it when I heard it was going to be turned into a play. That it would be interesting to see how they could bring the story to life on stage and capture the essence of Christopher’s character as a boy with tendencies that place him on the autism spectrum.
I watched a couple of clips on the National Theatre’s YouTube channel and was amazed to see the set and the way the director had manipulated the performance space to create various locations in the story and to capture what is going on in Christopher’s mind.
Reading this play reminded me that a Director’s Concept can be anything you want it to be and to think beyond the script. I think I am someone that tries to be far too faithful, realist and literal in my interpretation of things.
In thinking about the classroom, it would be possible to piece together parts of Christopher’s dialogue to create a monologue for a performance. There is also a particularly lengthy section after the curtain call that would be interesting to play around with on stage.
I’m keen to produce this at school. I’ll keep it up my sleeve as a possible production in the new year…
Check out the website for the London West End Production here.
I’ve also embedded the two clips I watched from the National Theatre YouTube channel below.