28 April to 9 May 2015
Reviewed by Gemma Gough
The Festival Theatre in Edinburgh was packed to the rafters for this performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, an adaptation of the novel by Mark Haddon. Our seats high in the dress circle gave us a marvellous view of the set – an enormous mathematical cube.
The story follows Christopher, played by Joshua Jenkins, a 15 year old boy with Asperger’s Syndrome and his quest to find out who killed the dog next door. What unfolds is a fascinating journey where Christopher uncovers some devastating family secrets and overcomes some of his own demons along the way.
The play is cleverly narrated by Siobhan, Christopher’s teacher, and the bond between these two characters is clear from the outset. Christopher struggles with relationships and we see his parents, his mother in particular, struggle to cope with his meltdowns.
The quirky set really helped me to understand Christopher, from his love of mathematics and his logical mind to the fear and confusion caused by unknown people and places and things not going the way he expects. The London Underground scenes were tense and dramatic, helped by smart use of lighting and sound.
Joshua Jenkins is utterly believable as Christopher and he surely must be drained by the end of each performance, such is his enthusiasm for the role. His thunder is very nearly stolen though, by the arrival of a very cute puppy bounding across the stage in what is ultimately a happy ending for Christopher as he achieves some of his goals and starts to believe that he can indeed go on to do whatever he wants in life.
Tickets cost from £15 to £35 (booking fees may apply)
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is at the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh until 9 May 2015. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0131 529 6000.
Festival Theatre, 13/29 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9FT | 0131 529 6000