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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a book written by Mark Haddon, which received critical acclaim and has sold more than two million copies.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a murder mystery novel with a twist. The detective, and narrator, is Christopher Boone. Christopher is fifteen and has an autism spectrum condition.

As with most popular books, an adaptation for film or stage is to be expected. While the film rights are optioned by Brad Grey and Brad Pitt for Warner Brothers, there is no film in production yet.

However, there is an adaptation for stage, which premiered 2 August 2012 in London, and has won many awards.

In April this year Diederik Jekel, a Dutch science journalist and writer, was a guest on a Dutch late-night show to talk about the play as this would be the second production of what is called “Broadway on the Amstel” where international plays are moved in their entirety with original cast to the Royal Carré Theatre.

In Dutch:

 

I can only say it was a beautiful play, even overwhelming at times.

One of the funniest moments comes at the end.

In the book, Christopher’s school mentor tells him that people are not interested in reading math equations (which is not true, at least in my case). After much debate, the teacher made the concession that the detailed proof could be included in the appendix.

In the play, the same thing is told to him: people are not interested in math equations in a play. Christopher, already unhappy that his book has been adapted into a play as plays are not “real”, is now told the audience has no interest in his proof! Christopher looks out into the audience not understanding why. As in the book, he is given the concession that after taking his bow, all those who do not want to see his math can go home, and he can then present his proof to the people that remain.

Apparently, a good proportion of the audience either missed this or did not take it seriously as when the lights came on most people stood up to leave, but were stopped by the ushers and informed that “the play is not over”.

Christopher, however, did take it seriously, and re-entered the stage like a boxer entering the ring for a prize fight complete with smoke effects and hooded bathrobe and proudly presented his proof!

Definitely recommended – and don’t forget to stay till the end.

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