L5 & L6 Inspired after Drama Trip to Internationally Acclaimed Production

Thursday 25th May 2017

On Wednesday 24 May, twenty L5 GCSE drama pupils and five L6 A Level drama pupils travelled by coach to the New Theatre Oxford to see ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’, the National Theatre’s internationally acclaimed production.

The twenty L5 GCSE drama pupils and five L6 A Level drama pupils travelled by coach with Mr Godfrey, Ms Ormerod and Ms Ognjenovic, to the New Theatre Oxford to see ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’, the National Theatre’s internationally acclaimed production which began in 2013 prior to a West End run, which has now begun its national tour in 2017.

This innovative drama is based on Mark Haddon’s award-winning novel, and has been adapted for the stage by award-winning Playwright Simon Stephens and directed by Olivier and Tony Award-winning Director Marianne Elliot. ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ is the winner of seven 2013 Olivier Awards and five 2015 Tony Awards, including ‘Best Play’.

In the play, Christopher, fifteen years old, 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. When he falls under the suspicion of killing Mrs Shears’ dog, it takes him on a journey that upturns his world.

All the girls found it to be a fascinating production, in terms of the imaginative ensemble performing from the cast of 10 with extremely accomplished physical theatre, as well as the spectacular lighting effects, sound effects and projections of the London Underground, all seen from the perspective of Christopher’s autistic mind, performed with great sensitivity by Scott Reid.  With regards to this, one of the girls remarked:

‘We all have so many different production aspects to write about for our reviews of this production!’