The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at The Lowry

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has long been a favourite of mine.  I first read  devoured it some thirteen or so years ago as a fairly newly qualified teacher with more than a passing interest in autism.  I’ve read many books, both biographical and fictional, focused around autism but this one has really stayed with me.

Kirst and I saw a National Theatre live stream of  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the cinema in Leeds a few years ago and loved it but had yet to actually see it performed live on stage.  I may have squealed when the invitation to go and see it at The Lowry arrived in my inbox and I quickly emailed Kirst to see if she was free to come with me (sorry Dave!).

So, Wednesday night saw Kirst and I attend the opening night of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at The Lowry.  Mid-week gin and theatre with my best friend is always going to be a winner but when it’s to see one of your all time favourite novels performed on stage, hopes are high for a good night!

From the off the show is an assault on the senses – loud music, bright flashing lights and aggressive swearing litter the performance but this only serves to fully immerse you in the story and it’s powerful portrayal of what it is to be on the autistic spectrum.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Everything about the National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is incredible – the fast pace and frantic streaming of prime numbers up the dark walls of the set combined with loud music and spectacular acting from Scott Reid combine to allow the audience to really connect with the fear and frustrations Christopher contends with as he tries to solve the mystery of who killed Wellington!

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

In stark contrast, the moments of quiet bring really powerful emotion to the stage and I felt tears trickle down my cheeks on more than one occasion.  Christopher’s teacher, Siobhan (Lucianne McEvoy) was a calming influence throughout the performance and reminded me of why I’ve always loved working with children and young people on the autistic spectrum.

Obviously I don’t want to go into details and spoil the story for you if you don’t already know it, but I implore you to go and see it if you get chance.  It’s a truly wonderful performance, fully deserving of the standing ovation received on opening night.  I laughed, I cried, I empathised.  I’d watch it again tomorrow given half a chance.

*We were invited to see The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at The Lowry free of charge for the purposes of writing this review.  All thoughts and opinions remain my own*

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*Read about more of our adventures here*



  1. January 31, 2017 / 9:27 am

    Sounds like an emotional rollercoaster. It’s great that it portrayals what it’s like to be on the autistic spectrum. Educational and beautifully performed x Must look out for it #TriedTested

  2. January 31, 2017 / 9:33 am

    It sounds a very emotional production well worth seeing. #TriedTested

  3. January 31, 2017 / 9:48 am

    An interesting idea as a way to portray what Autistic people have to deal with daily. #triedtested

  4. Catherine @ Story Snug
    January 31, 2017 / 10:05 am

    I loved the book and would so love to see the stage show. I missed seeing the film too somehow!

    • Colette
      February 1, 2017 / 10:00 am

      The film? I didn’t know they’d made it into a film!?

  5. January 31, 2017 / 10:32 am

    I loved this book but haven’t had much chance to go to the theatre. I wondered how it would translate to the stage 🙂 I hope this raises awareness of autism #TriedandTested

    • Colette
      February 1, 2017 / 9:59 am

      If you get the opportunity to see it you really must – it’s fantastic.

  6. January 31, 2017 / 1:22 pm

    It sounds like you had a wonderful evening!

  7. January 31, 2017 / 1:33 pm

    Wow, what an evening and one that is packed will emotion and drama. Children’s theatre is a great way to put across important messages to children. This show looks amazing

    • Colette
      February 1, 2017 / 9:57 am

      I’s a really wonderful play but most certainly not children’s theatre.

  8. January 31, 2017 / 1:46 pm

    I haven’t been to the theatre for so long! Looks like you had a great time! #TriedTested

  9. Jodie Melling
    January 31, 2017 / 2:07 pm

    This looks amazing! I’ve never been to the Lowery but would love to go.

    Jodie x

    • Colette
      February 1, 2017 / 9:53 am

      I hadn’t been for years – I’d forgotten how lovely it was!

  10. January 31, 2017 / 3:03 pm

    Never heard of this before but it looks good. #triedtested

  11. January 31, 2017 / 3:37 pm

    I read the book about 13 years ago too and was surprised that the author was not actually autistic. I’d love to see the stage show.

    • Colette
      February 1, 2017 / 9:52 am

      Yes it’s incredible writing isn’t it!

  12. January 31, 2017 / 9:02 pm

    It sounds like a lovely performance and what a great way to spend an evening with your friend. I will have look out the book x

  13. February 2, 2017 / 10:11 am

    Oh this looks amazing. I love how it involves all your senses from the off.

  14. February 2, 2017 / 8:37 pm

    I haven’t heard of this before but it sounds like a brilliant story and I’m glad the show lived up to the book too. So often they don’t do they #triedtested

  15. February 2, 2017 / 8:40 pm

    I’ve never heard of this book before, but sounds like you had a great night too.

  16. February 3, 2017 / 4:59 am

    I’ve never read or seen this play – but I’m a huge fan of all things ‘stage’ and it’s been on my hitlist for some time! Sounds like you both had a great time – who doesn’t love a mid-week gin? ;o) #TriedTested

  17. February 5, 2017 / 9:04 am

    I have actually wanted to read this book for a while, as it was recommended by someone I used to work with. It sounds like it has translated to stage really well. #TriedTested

    • Colette
      February 5, 2017 / 9:07 am

      Oh you must read it, it’s wonderful x

  18. Sian
    February 6, 2017 / 9:28 pm

    Sounds like a thoughtful production! I’ve never read the book, I really should.

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