REVIEW: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Theatre Royal Norwich
Wow - what a belter of the show, the best I’ve seen at the theatre this year.
It’s from the National Theatre and is celebrating its tenth anniversary. Taken from the best selling novel by Mark Haddon, it tells of autistic teenager Christopher who discovers the body of his neighbour’s dog and how this grim event changes his life.
It’s a tour de force for Connor Curren who plays Christopher to perfection. He’s on stage continuously - for the best part of two hours and 20 minutes - and captures Christopher’s complex personality beautifully.
There are some challenging encounters with his father (played by Tom Peters) and his mother (played by Kate Kordel) and we feel their pain, while his teacher, Siobhan, (played by Rebecca Root), tries to support him while also being a solid voice of reason.
There are some physically challenging moments which are well choreographed and the set is as much a part of the action as the play itself. Looking like something from telly’s The Cube, it reflects Christopher’s busy, mathematical brain, and really adds to the overall atmosphere.
Certainly the show throws a spotlight on how society reacts, and indeed doesn’t, to those who are different and it ultimately provides a very heart warming reflection on the tough job that parents have and how they cope - as best they can.
The show continues until Saturday.