Saturday, 29 August 2015

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

Hey readers!
It's time for my review of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. 
I have been dying to see this for ages. When I was in New York I almost went to see 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' but then decided to go see 'The Phantom of the Opera' (very bad mistake!) so when I saw TCIOTDITNT had tickets left for last night I got some tickets and rushed to London. I was certainly not disappointed, the show was great. The special effects were absolutely stunning, especially during the scene where the lead character Christopher imagines he is an astronaut. The choreography is excellent so kudos to Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett for that. The storyline is: Christopher, fifteen years old, stands beside Mrs Shears’ dead dog. It has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in a book he is writing to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington. He has an extraordinary brain, exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world. It was very moving and mostly very well written. Christopher has unspecified behavioural problems and I think it is a great play to help people understand behavioural problems such as Aspergers and Autism. The cast were superb, but people who stand out for me are Kaffe Keating as Christopher John Francis Boone, who I was very surprised to find out was actually the understudy as he was spectacular, Nicolas Tennant as Mr. Boone, Mary Stockley as Mrs. Boone, Rebecca Lacey as Siobhan and Jacqueline Clarke as Mrs. Alexander, Posh Woman and Voice Six. The graphics and lighting was also great. There are a few things that could be changed in the show however. At times I felt the narration was a little too much and I also found the storyline a little predictable. I also felt the show was occasionally a bit far-fetched and also some scenes dragged on a bit. Apart from that the show was great and I think it will run on both the West End and Broadway for a very long time.

The featured star of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is, drum roll please… KAFFE KEATING!

Kaffe was amazing in this role. I find it a real shame that he is not doing this role full-time and I hope someday he will acquire the role full-time, on either West End or Broadway.

Now for my final verdict on The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. I give The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time… 

I think this would be a great show for anybody with friends or relatives who have behavioural problems to help them understand it better, or just anyone who wants a great night out!

Think it should have got a higher rating? Think it should have got a lower rating? If so comment below.

Join me next time when I will be reviewing Kinky Boots. 

Thanks for reading!

-The Reviewer

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