Unified’s Gaby Wilde shares her thoughts through a review of the ‘Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time’.
The Curious Incident of the dog in the night time is incredibly striking. In the clever way that the learning difficulty autism is portrayed.
Christopher Boone – here played by the brilliant Joshua Jenkins – is a young autistic boy who lives with his Dad. The challenge of the story is that it is told from the singular perspective of Christopher and while autism is never mentioned by name, you can tell that Christopher thinks differently to everyone else.
The story begins when Christopher discovers Wellington, his neighbour’s dog, dead with a garden fork stuck in his body. He then goes on a Sherlock Holmes inspired investigation to find the culprit. Through this he faces everyday challenges that are difficult for a young autistic boy, such as getting the tube, and he also discovers many secrets along the way.
The most charming part of this production is the incredible use of staging. Elliott’s uses an LED-lit grid, in order to make the stage look like a giant Rubix cube. This gives the audience an interesting insight into the mind of Christopher. This is stressed even more when Christopher writes mathematical equations on the grids on the wall and breaks the fourth wall barrier by talking to the audience.
The way that the whole show is portrayed is ingenious, not only does it give the audience an insight into Christopher’s mind so that we learn things about his personality such as his love of maths, it also manages to make the audience reevaluate their own lives and the way in which they respond to people with learning difficulties such as autism.