Sunday, 17 November 2013

The Curious Incidient of the Dog in the Night-Time

Last night I went with two friends to watch 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' a play based on the book written by Mark Haddon. The book was published in 2003, meaning I was probably about 15 when I read it. I remember thoroughly enjoying the book which is about a boy, Christopher, who has Asperger Syndrome. 
When I spotted adverts at the Underground Stations I knew it was one I shouldn't miss. I managed to get tickets for £15 per seat. We were right at the top, but for this price I didn't think you could really go wrong. 

The adaptation from the book is incredible. The set is simple yet so effective. There's a lot of lighting effects used and projections, which display the feelings of overwhelm that Christopher experiences.  The choreography is also brilliant. We had a birds eye view of the stage, but also into the way in which a young boy with Aspergers feels. The actor playing Christopher is Mike Noble, who I think does a stunning job. Christopher is a rather frantic character and this was portrayed exceedingly well. 

As I said I only paid £15 each for the tickets, which I think is extremely good value. (Only a little more than the cinema)! Although our view was slightly restricted I don't think it ruined the experience for any of us. I would happily pay more next time I visit the theatre, but I won't be complaining about this visit to the Apollo Theatre.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has been awarded 7 Olivier Awards. It remains very well reviewed. It was moved from the National Theatre to the West End, and remains open until October 2014. There are 150 tickets priced at £15 for every performance. However tickets priced at less than £37.50 have a partially restricted view. 

 I would recommend this play whether or not you have read the book. It gives a fascinating insight into the life of a young boy with Aspergers. 

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