I adore the theatre and so of course, I have been wanting to go to the West End since moving to London. I’m very lucky in that a friend came down to visit and took me to see The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the Gielgud Theatre. I had no idea what it was about and it was far from what I expected. At first I didn’t know what to think. The last thing I went to see at the theatre was a pantomime with a grand stage setup, lots of cool effects and incredible costumes. When the show started, there were what looked like ‘normal people’ sat on chairs around the stage which didn’t appear to be decorated – it looked low budget.
However, as the show went on I realised just how wrong I was. So much effort had clearly gone into this show. Christopher is the star of the show and the play follows him as he investigates who killed his neighbours dog whilst finding out a lot more he didn’t intend to along the way.
The actor who plays Christopher is incredible and portrays his autistic characteristics exceptionally. The play is carried out in a way that makes you really stop and think about how there is always more to a situation than first meets the eye and it gives a great insight into the life of those with autism and the difficulties they and those around them face. It really is eye opening and it’s something I believe everyone should watch, just to attempt to gain a little understanding of autistic behaviour. There was an excellent scene where Christopher’s pet mouse jumps onto the tube tracks and he follows it whilst members of the public panic and don’t understand what he is doing.
The stage ended up being more impressive than I first thought, with chalk boards and stairs appearing on the walls throughout the show. Additionally, something I realised afterwards whilst browsing Instagram is that those people who sat in seats of a prime number had envelopes waiting for them on their chairs. If their name added up to a prime number, they won a prize!
There was also part of the show where a member of the cast states that if you want to find out how Christopher calculates one of his maths sums, you should stay behind at the end. As we were walking out after the cast had been applauded, he came back on and did just that.
The theatre was small, and it was very modest in terms of costumes and set but that worked really well and all the small things made it a fantastic watch and like I said, a real eye opener to a good cause.