The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time at the Festival Theatre Review

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Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

20-25 February 2017


Reviewed by Emily Crombie

A very emotional and thought provoking show, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time explorers the emotions and issues surrounding Asperger’s syndrome. It is based the book by Mark Haddon, adapted for the stage by Simon Stephens and directed by Marianne Elliott.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is the story of Christopher Boone, age 15 who finds a neighbour’s dog, Wellington, who had been killed with a garden fork. He takes it upon himself to investigate the incident and uncovers some unfortunate truths along the way.

With Scott Reid of Still Game fame, superbly cast as the central character, he gave an amazing performance being on the stage for the full duration of the show which was over two hours. It is cleverly staged within a checked setting reflecting the very literal and black and white thinking of Christopher. The sound and lighting allowed the audience to experience the chaotic intensity the external environment and stress caused Christopher.

The show gives the audience a much greater understand of what those living with Asperger’s experience but also explores the relationship around Christopher and others people’s reaction to his unique traits. As I mother I really empathised with Christopher’s mother who was unable to cuddle him as he did not like physical contact. It looks in depth at the broken bond of trust between father and son and its delicate recovery.

The biggest aaww from the audience was definitely the arrival of Christopher’s new puppy… very cute! The show closes with Christopher listing his achievements then his rhetorical statement- “…and that means I can do anything”. A very thought provoking question in today’s world.

The Festival Theatre is situated on Nicolson Street in the city centre, a short walk from Waverley Train Station. The Theatre’s foyer is bright and modern with great facilities and accessibility. The auditorium is beautifully ornate and seats nearly 2000 people over three levels.

Rating: 5/5 thumbs_up

Tickets cost from £23.50 to £36 (booking fees may apply).

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is at the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh until 25 February 2017. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0131 529 6000.

Festival Theatre, 13/29 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9FT | 0131 529 6000


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