Thanks to guest blogger John Hartery for this post.
Apparently there was some sporting event also on in London last weekend. Despite this, the South Bank was, as ever, choc full of arts events; exhibitions, live acts, and top class drama in the National Theatre.
The smaller of the three theatres in the complex, the Cottosoe, had as it's offering The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time. The play only opened last weeks and is a staged version of the Mark Hadon book from 2003 adapted by Simon Stephens.
|Father and Son|
The play kicked off with the killing of the dog in that curious incident and the plotline soon drifted from what you might expect from the title. Whilst the dog was definitely dead the corpse wasn't gory enough for my taste. After all it was brutally murdered, wasn't it!!
The key role of Christoper was played by Luke Threadaway and he was superb in the demanding role which required a defined range of emotions. The story was delivered partly through a narrator with the storyteller played by Niamh Cusack who doubled as Christoper's teacher and the one who understood him most. The work was directed by Marianne Elliott who codirected the huge hit War Horse. Paul Ritter in the role of the father brought a great sense of controlled emotion that echoed with Christoper's affliction.
There were some terrific theatrical devices used to support the action and I particulary liked the ensemble vividly creating an intercity train and a Tube station with virtually no props.
|A slain dog, maths and limited emotion|
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— Time Out Theatre (@TimeOutTheatre) July 24, 2012
The National Theatre offers 'day tickets' from 9.30 am each day and if all seats are filled you can often pick up a standing position. In my case I secured a £5 ticket. Hard to find fault with that. In a nod towards innovation the National Theatre is broadcasting the show live to UK cinemas in September.