Thursday, 19 March 2015

Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (UK Tour) at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (UK Tour) 
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
Reviewed on Tuesday 17th March 2015

Marianne Elliott's production gives the audience an insight into the mind of fifteen year old Christopher Boone. Christopher is exceptional at maths but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. Simon Stephens' adaptation of Mark Haddon’s famous novel is funny throughout; Christopher struggles with communication and, from very early on, the audience are able to understand his unique thought process.

The story follows Christopher who, after discovering a dead dog, decides he is going to solve the mystery and unmask the murderer. As Christopher launches his perfectly innocent investigation one or two hurdles and surprising revelations rise to the surface. I was gripped from beginning to end.

Joshua Jenkins gives an amazing performance in the leading role. The part is both physically and emotionally full on, but Jenkins excels at every possible moment. Geraldine Alexander (Siobhan) skillfully narrates the story, reading from the book Christopher writes about his discoveries. It is a joy to see the bond that Christopher and Siobhan, his teacher, share grow stronger.

Roberta Kerr is wonderful in a number of roles, switching between them beautifully. I will never again use an ATM without remembering Christopher's effort! The entire cast come together and perform superbly as an ensemble. Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett (Movement Directors) did an amazingly creative job – the scene where Christopher is imagining himself in space was particularly effective, and walking on the wall was made to look so easy!

Faultless design, lighting, visual effects and movement choreography come together to create a truly special piece of theatre, enabling the audience to understand Christopher's world. Curious Incident entertains thrills and educates. It is absolutely unmissable! 

Reviewed by Suzanne Mayer

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time runs at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre until Saturday 21st March and tours the UK until November 2015. Please visit for info, tour dates and tickets.

Photo Credit: Brinkhoff Mögenburg

1 comment:

  1. We knew this would be good having read the London reviews, but never expected the touring company to be so wonderful - a theatrical experience to be talked about and remembered for a very long time.
    The whole staging, choreography, direction, design, script and then - the acting performances.
    Joshua Jenkins as the main character Christopher, just blows you away! His demanding mental and physical role is made to look as if he could do it in his sleep. We are going to see this young man take every cherished leading role the theatre offers, for the rest of his career.
    Not forgetting the rest of the cast who were superb too as a good ensemble company should be with the other leads perfectly fitting their roles with strong performances.
    Thought provoking, full of pathos, humour and a few tear jerking moments even if you have read the book, be prepared to be swept away.
    This is the first time, as a regular, that I have seen the Waterside packed solid and so it deserved to be.