Our Marketing Director Darren Neylon is a huge fan of going to the theatre, so when he got the chance to see The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night Time, he was all over it! Having read the book as well as hearing great things since the play’s staggering 7 Olivier Awards triumph, he was intrigued to find out what the buzz was about…
I was extremely fortunate recently to be invited by Superbreak to see The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time now showing at London’s Apollo Theatre. It is the story of 15 year old Christopher who has Asperger Syndrome, which is often associated with the psychological theory of autism. Christopher is supremely logical and derives a sense of peace and calm from mathematics. Unfortunately, human relationships are not so logical and elegant so Chris struggles with his father’s temper, his mother’s stress and depression and the chaos of everyday city life.
This play is enormously entertaining and definitely worth seeing. Luke Treadaway’s portrayal of Christopher was superb, delivering comedy moments alongside deeply emotional sequences in equal measure. Consistent throughout Luke’s performance were his autistic mannerisms and simple logic where he never missed a beat. Luke’s movement and excellent dancing skills were a bonus for us all. Other fantastic performances were delivered by Holly Aird as Christopher’s mother Judy, Niamh Cusack as Siobhan and Sophie Duval in a multitude of roles.
This play was enormously compelling. Memorable scenes in particular included Judy’s description of Christopher in the Supermarket, the chaotic scene with Christopher and his father which resulted in physical abuse, the scene in the Tube Station on the escalator and tracks and the final scene where Christopher describes his future. Oh, and don’t forget to remain behind after the curtain calls to see Christopher’s explanation of the mathematical proof behind his A-Level Maths exam answer – not to be missed!
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is definitely worth going a long way to see. When you emerge from the theatre, it’s easy to understand why the play won so many awards. I really would encourage you to book a weekend with Superbreak to enjoy this memorable play.
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See Superbreak Blogger Jess’ review of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time
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