The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: Wycombe Swan Review

 

With an exceptional aptitude for maths, Christopher Boone has an incredible talent but with this talent, Christopher also has to endure some incredible barriers to everyday life. These barriers and struggles are something that perhaps you and I wouldn’t have thought too much about; Christopher changes all that though in this breath-taking performance.

Based on Mark Hasson’s hit novel, Simon Stephens’ has carefully and cleverly adapted the story of 15-year-old Christopher’s (Connor Curren) adventure and his trials and tribulations along the way. Will he be able to use his investigation skills to solve the mystery of the murder of his neighbour’s dog, Wellington?

Christopher’s tale takes place on a wonderfully creative and innovative set. Designed to replicate his own thoughts and mind, the stage acts as a map or grid system. It’s also very cleverly used to section out rooms or houses as well as giving the audience a small insight into the overwhelming sensory world Christopher lives in. The wall has several compartments that open up an allow Christopher to pick up props to add to the stage; at one point a table is even pulled out of the wall! For such a minimalist set, the use and purpose is spectacular.

The whole show opens with a clang of noise and light and made lots of the audience jump. It throws you straight into being overloaded with lights and sound and doesn’t let up throughout the play. I was stunned at the presentation of certain parts of the play, especially the way we saw how daunting and horrifically overwhelming a journey on the London Underground can be. The frenetic energy, loud noises and bustling atmosphere was truly captivating.

The whole company work incredibly hard to bring together such a delightfully engaging, humorous and impressive play. Siobhan, Christopher’s teacher, who acts as a narrator is expertly cast; she has such a calming manner with Christopher and adds to the humour of the play, especially when breaking the fourth wall recounting parts of Christopher’s book.

The raw emotions felt and seen from the performances of Ed, Christopher’s dad and Judy, his mum are something you can only begin to imagine. You can really feel the heart-break of parents who struggle to deal with the behavioural issues Christopher presents.
Overall, I can’t get over how very clever this play was. It really was exceptionally thought out and delivered. I urge you to go and watch, even if you’ve never read the book before. It will open your eyes into the world of neurodiversity. You can book your tickets to this incredible show at the Wycombe Swan until the 21st May 2022. Don’t delay, grab your ticket now!

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