Saturday, 4 August 2012

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (theatre)

As a bit of a film snob, I rarely check the schedules at Cineworld, but as the Curzon and the Pavilion are, understandably, concentrating more on films for children over the summer holidays, I checked the Cineworld website just in case. I'm very glad I did!

The National Theatre are broadcasting a performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, based on the fantastic book by Mark Haddon, as part of their National Theatre Live programme. Started in 2009, the first performance was Phedre starring Helen Mirren which was broadcast to 70 cinemas and there are now over 700 venues involved around the world.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has been adapted by Simon Stephens and will be directed by Marianne Elliott. The cast will include Niamh Cusack and Una Stubbs and stars Luke Treadaway as Christopher. I really enjoyed the book when I read it a couple of years ago and am excited to see what the National can achieve with their interpretation. The photos from rehearsals and now from early productions show a stark set with geometric images on the floor. Photos by Manuel Harlan

"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 the book he is writing to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington. [Christopher] 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."

Cineworld, Thu 6th Sep, 19:00.
Adult ticket £13.50, concessions £11.50.
Tickets available from the Cineworld website.

1 comment:

  1. We both loved our first NT Live screening event, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. We weren’t sure that Cineworld would work as the venue, but practically every seat was taken and the atmosphere was great. Programmes were handed out at the start and a refreshment trolley appeared for the interval! We could faintly hear a louder film through the walls in quiet moments this wasn’t too distracting.
    The screening began with a live introduction including clips from previous plays and interviews with the Curious Incident cast and creative team. Then straight into the performance which was simply outstanding. I loved the interpretation of the book and Luke Treadaway was perfect as Christopher. The clever lighting and movement increased my understanding of Christopher’s world and the whole cast & crew should be proud of what they have achieved. The stark set translated well to the screen and the filming had obviously been very carefully thought out as I don’t think we missed a thing. Plus we had the added advantage of close-ups and an overhead viewpoint as well.
    I will definitely be attending more NT Live events and would like to thank Cineworld Eastbourne for taking part in the scheme.