Theatre Review: The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time – High-Functioning Drama, Or Finding Clarity In The Clutter

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By BRUCE DENNILL

 

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The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time / Directed by Paul Warwick Griffin / Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre, Fourways, Johannesburg

 

Mark Haddon’s novel, on which this play of the same name is based, was a genre-busting bestseller about the journeys – through life and day-to-day interactions that seem so simple to others; and from Swindon to London in an attempt to solve a crime – of a complex autistic character named Christopher. Christopher’s unique perspectives and way of processing what he sees and feels, brilliantly and conceptually communicated by Haddon, were the core of the appeal of the book, and drive the story’s stage adaptations as well.

International stagings of the piece have included a fully digitised stage in which complex lighting, sound and special effects, aided by a hard-working but relatively low-key supporting cast, help the audience get a sense of the high-intensity mental maelstrom that Christopher…

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