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Friday 22 Jul // 20:00
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Fifteen-year-old Christopher stands beside his neighbour’s dead dog which has been brutally speared with a garden fork. It is seven minutes after midnight and Christopher is under suspicion. He makes a decision: he’ll record each fact in a book he is writing to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington. Based on Mark Haddon’s popular novel of the same name, British playwright Simon Stephens’ play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a riveting re-imagining of the story of a young lad with an extraordinary brain.
Christopher is brilliant at maths but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He’s never been anywhere on his own, he hates to be touched and he doesn’t trust strangers. But Christopher’s newfound passion for detective work takes him on a frightening and exhilarating journey that turns his world upside-down, as well as the lives of those around him.
Auckland Theatre Company’s Kensington Swan season – the first new production in the world since the National Theatre’s premiere season and tour – has a star-studded line-up which includes Rima Te Wiata (Hunt for the Wilderpeople, The Book of Everything), Siobhan Marshall (Outrageous Fortune), Wesley Dowdell (West Side, Once on Chunuk Bair), Hera Dunleavy (Rupert, Other Desert Cities), Victoria Abbott (The Holy Roller) and Damien Avery (Rupert, A Doll’s House, Hillary). Tim Earl, who went straight from Toi Whakaari’s Class of 2015 to playing Tom Sawyer for ATC in April this year, takes the lead role.
Alongside a fast-paced storyline, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time uses breathtaking physical theatre and technical brilliance, via projections and graphic designs.
According to the Director, Arts Foundation Laureate Sara Brodie (Nixon in China, Don Giovanni, Tracing Hamlet), “The play is an ingenious adaptation which amplifies Christopher’s personal perspective into dynamic theatrical territory. An ensemble cast plays a multitude of characters, creating the ever-shifting environments he encounters on his detecting journey.
When the novel was published in 2003, it was acclaimed for its appeal to both adults and children, winning awards in both categories including the Whitbread Book Awards for Best Novel and Book of the Year, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book, and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. It has been translated into 44 languages.
The Kensington Swan season of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time runs 21 July to 20 August at Auckland’s Q Theatre. Get tickets >>