BRINGING a book to life isn’t an easy task – especially so when the book in question is beloved across the world by many.
But somehow play writer Simon Stephens manages to captive the audience from avid lovers of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time book to those who knew they very basics and weren’t sure what to expect.
It is innovative, magical and heart-filled – to say anymore would ruin the magic of the show or give away spoilers.
Given its unnatural staging – a black box it is actually one of the plays more natural aspects as the National Theatre uses it as a platform to bring the script to life.
Joshua Jenkins puts on a stunning performance of Christopher Boone, a 15-year-old autistic boy with a talent for maths and numbers but who can’t cope with people.
Christopher is very honest, which gets him into trouble when he admits to doing things.
He hates to be touched, which makes the moments when his hand meets his parents to be particularly touching.
For a story about a boy who can’t process emotions, it is full of feeling.
The rest of the cast, many of whom take on a number of roles without drawing attention to their skill, take to the vibrant and frequently funny script with an understatement rare on the stage.
At times the play is an assault on the senses and quite difficult to watch, but it’s impossible not the audience are drawn into the world of detective work and getting a Maths A-Level.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time runs at the Birmingham Hippodrome until June 6.
Call 0844 338 5000 or visit www.birminghamhippodrome.com