Wednesday, 15 April 2015
On Stage: The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, Wales Millennium Centre
I wanted to see the Olivier Award winning production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time following a strong recommendation from my 12-year-old daughter who recently saw the London West End presentation.
The story follows fifteen year old Christopher Boone who although has an extraordinary brain and is exceptional at maths, is ill-equipped to interpret everyday life and from time to time is subject to behavioral problems. When his neighbours dog is killed, Christopher falls under suspicion but when he decides to make his own inquiries he begins a personal journey which will not only turn his world upside down but unravel even more mysteries.
Presented in a giant cube shaped stage which projects lights, video projections and a variety of hidden doors and cupboards for cast and props to enter and leave as the drama unfolds. The set also reflects Christopher’s reactions generated by Asperger Syndrome through a series of lightning flashes and occasional confused numbers and letters
The performances are flawless, each cast move choreographed to perfection from Christopher looking for a missing book under his fathers bed to travelling through the busy London Underground.
Wales own Joshua Jenkins gives a breathtaking performance as Christopher, sometimes funny, sometimes sad but always smart; this is a role which is handled with precision and clarity. There is strong support from the ensemble cast who provide a variety of different roles including as Geraldine Alexander, Stuart Ling and Gina Isaac who portray Christopher’s teacher and parents.
Suitable for ages 11 plus, there is something that will appeal to everyone on many levels in this production. It runs until April 18, visit wmc.org.uk for booking details.