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I went to this show expecting greatness; I returned having seen a theatrical phenomenon. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time was a play that, having thrived in the West-End, was brought to Nottingham’s Theatre Royal. An astonishing cast with talented actors such as Joshua Jenkins, Gina Isaac, Stuart Laing and Geraldine Alexander allowed Marianne Elliot (Director) to achieve near-perfection in the art of telling a story through physical theatre. This allowed her to explore poignant and emotive themes relating to anxiety, being an outcast and seeing the world differently; she was able to link this effectively to Christopher’s Asperger’s Syndrome (a condition lying upon the autistic spectrum). Although Autism is only a single word, it …show more content…
Bunny Christie (designer for the play) worked with the director tirelessly to ensure that the dynamic between the characters was flawless and poignant.By using the medium of clothing throughout the play, Christie was able to emphasise characters’ relationships or personality. The Headmistress, played by the comically genius Clare Perkins, wore very bright and flamboyant colours (such as ‘Barbie’ pink) to indicate her upbeat and colourful personality. Conversely, the Reverend at the school (with whom Christopher had numerous disagreements) wore mainly brown and yellow clothing, to symbolise their awkward relationship; he told Christopher that “hating yellow and brown is silly”. In Figure 8 we can see Christopher’s complicated relationship with his parents. Whereas the costume indicates that he prefers his mother (lack of brown/yellow clothing), she is standing above him, possibly demonstrating that she has trouble communicating with Christopher. Conversely, even though Ed (Christopher’s Dad) wears brown shoes, he is on Christopher’s level – indicating Ed understands him

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