REVIEW: NT Live stream is a huge hit

Curious Incident of the Dog In The Nighttime
Curious Incident of the Dog In The Nighttime

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, National Theatre Live Streaming at Alnwick Playhouse, Thursday, May 22.

A deeply intense and powerful production that has been cleverly reproduced for the stage, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is based on Mark Haddon’s acclaimed novel and adapted by Simon Stephens.

You expect a National Theatre production to be outstanding, but I did not know how it would come across on a live stream.

But it was fantastic and it is a huge coup for the Playhouse to be able to show such brilliant productions in this way.

And the packed Playhouse proved just how popular these live-streamed productions are.

Not only do you get a closer view of what is happening and see the production from all angles, but there was also an interesting introduction into how it was created and an insight into autistic spectrum disorders as the play is centred on Christopher, a child with autism.

Christopher, played by Luke Treadaway, is 15 years old. He has an extraordinary brain and is exceptional at maths yet ill-equipped to interpret everyday life.

When he falls under suspicion for killing Mrs Shears’ dog Wellington, he records each fact about the event in the book he is writing to solve the mystery of the murder. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.

Clever use of music, a few props and hundreds of lights made it extremely dramatic at times and helped to accurately portray the story.

Having first-hand experience of living with someone with mild Asperger’s syndrome, the play helps to highlight just how difficult life is living with autism and gives an insight into the disorder.