Adapted from Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel and winner of seven Olivier and five Tony awards, it’s no wonder The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is enjoying a sell-out run at Norwich Theatre Royal.
The frenetic, emotionally-charged journey of 15-year-old Christopher Boone starts with a dead dog, a garden fork jammed into its back.
From there, you are thrown full-throttle into the world inhabited by the teenager, who has “behavioural problems”. He tells you he cannot lie, doesn’t chat and hates being touched, but he tries to throw this aside to “do detective work” so as to bring the dog’s killer to justice.
At first view the stage is a traditional black box set, trimmed with white seats. But it’s cleverly used – serving as a board for Christopher’s mathematical formulae and the London Tube he braves with only his rat for company.
Joshua Jenkins is outstanding as Christopher, letting the audience see through his eyes and feel his stresses, be it the colour yellow or the rows between his parents.