Christopher Boone leaves no stone unturned; he never tells lies, doesn’t like strangers, is a mathematical genius and has never ventured further than the end of his road. Yet when he discovers his neighbour’s dog has been murdered, he begins an investigation that changes his world forever.
Captivating from the very beginning, Simon Stephens’ stage-adapted version of Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel has been on the receiving end of incredible reviews ever since its premiere at the Apollo Theatre back in 2013. Having not read the book since I was a teenager, I was able to watch the production with a clear mind and embrace it for the impressive theatrical work of art that unfolded before my eyes.
Curious is a show that is pushing the boundaries of theatre in every shape and form. The set is brilliantly clever, with the entire production taking place inside a giant cube that serves as everything from a London tube station to Christopher’s school and his home that he shares with his father.
Through a chaotic projection of words, numbers, letters, drawings, sound and lighting that you’re able to become immersed in Christopher’s world. There are hidden doors, compartments and numerous white boxes are used to replicate everything from train seats to a rather disgusting public toilet.
At 15-years-old, Christopher (Scott Reid) struggles with his anxieties and constant mind-boggling thoughts that his Aspergers throws at him on a daily basis. His emotions are often sent into overdrive; he can’t stand being touched and has a serious dislike for the colours yellow and brown.
The show starts off with a dark turn, as a distressed Christopher discovers that his neighbour’s beloved dog, Wellington has been speared with a garden fork. But the events are not something that Christopher can let go, because “When someone gets murdered you have to find out who did it so they can be punished,” he explains.
And so the young Sherlock embarks on an adventure that leaves you on the edge of your seat from sheer intensity to feeling a sense of Christopher’s delicate personality as a small train set travels its way around the stage.
As enchanting as the set and lighting is, it’s the cast that really make this show an absolute triumph. Scott Reid’s portrayal of Christopher is simply inspiring; watching him perform you feel you’re as much of a part of Christopher’s story as he is, you’re embracing every twist and turn and left feeling emotionally drained from the sheer intensity and love that shines through.
The remaining cast is just as talented. David Michaels wow’s as Christopher’s father (Ed) and Lucianne McEvoy embraces the loving role of Siobhan, who encourages Christopher to turn his investigative story into a school play.
Inspiring, enchanting, courageous and everything in between, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a spectacular show that exceeds every expectation of a theatre show that you could imagine.