4. A curious incident

I thought some/most/all of you (I am of course making an assumption here that people other than me read this) may already be tired of my witterings about running and its all consuming ability to take over my life, so to prove that running isn’t the only thing I do, I’ll be throwing in posts about other things that I get up to. You must remember that running is the most recent addition to my hobbies list, and as they say, ‘life must go on’. Which is a good thing really because I wouldn’t want any of it to stop.

This post is about a love of mine that I wish I could do more. I’ve always enjoyed going to the theatre, but as I’m sure you are aware, tickets and travel are costly and can only be squeezed in to my tight monthly budget every so often. So when I go and see a show I want it to be good. And boy, this one was a goodun’. You may have read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon. If you haven’t, stop reading this, order a copy online, and when it arrives, read it straight away It’s brilliant. Knowing how good the book was, I had high expectations of the stage play. The book is written from the point of view of Christopher Boone, a teenager with Asperger’s syndrome. He discovers a dog killed by a garden fork in his neighbours garden, and decides to try and solve the mystery of who killed it. I worked as a play worker for a few years with children and young people with disabilities for a fantastic organisation called Disability Challengers so following the main character was close to my heart. The play sticks very closely to the originally storyline, and the ten cast members did a fantastic job at playing all the roles. The staging was incredibly well thought out with some genius uses of lighting and projection on the walls. The actor playing Christopher has the hard task of portraying an autistic teenager realistically and with sensitivity, which he did beautifully. I was glad to have read the book first, but seeing the show bought it to life, and leaves you seeing things in a whole new light. I cannot recommend it enough.

Have you booked those tickets yet?

Go see it. Now.

Go see it. Now.