21 January to 4 February 2017
Reviewed by Rebecca Banasko
I visited The Lowry in Salford Quays, Manchester to watch The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time with my mum. The Lowry is a great venue, with helpful staff and a lively atmosphere.
Having read the book myself many years ago, I was looking forward to a refresher on the story but boy did I get that and much much more. The story is a about a young boy called Christopher Boone who has Asperger Syndrome. Christopher discovered that his neighbour’s dog has been murdered and sets off on an investigation to discover the identity of the killer. However, along the way he discovers so much more about himself, his life and the world. It’s a wonderful story, many parts of it I’d forgotten over the years; that shines a spotlight on the challenges of someone like Christopher as well as the people around him.
That’s the story, now for the play itself. Wow just wow! The transference of the book onto the stage has been so skilfully done, with the use of just 10 main cast members (that I counted!), amazing use of LED’s and other high-tech lighting, on all dimensions of the stage. As well as the resourceful and innovative use of props and sounds. The stage was like a self-contained visual capsule of the book.
The cast were just magnificent from start to finish. Never before have I seen such a concentration of talent on one stage. I want to mention all the cast members but I especially need to say that Scott Reid and David Michaels were just mesmerising as they played the intense roles of Christopher and his father. Every cast member gave so much to their role/roles to contribute absolute believability in each scene. It was a perfect balance of drama with the right amount of humour injected right on point, which made for a memorable and all consuming experience for the audience.
The show ended to a standing applause which was well deserved. I could see people faces were incredulous at what they had just witnessed as they left the theatre. I can’t rate this show and its cast highly enough. Go and see it, go and see it now you won’t regret it! 5/5 without question.
Tickets cost from £13 to £92 (includes booking fee).
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is at The Lowry in Manchester until 4 February 2017. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0843 208 6000.
The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester, M50 3AZ | 0843 208 6000