It’s a year of change in A-level Drama as we begin teaching the new specifications for A-level and AS; it offers us the opportunity to work with new scripts and explore new practitioners. The first that Year 12 have been looking at is the stage adaptation of “The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-Time”.
Fans of the novel will know that this story is told from the point of view of Christopher, a fifteen years old, who we first meet as he stands beside Mrs Shears’ dead dog. It has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in the book he is writing to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington. He has an extraordinary brain, exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers but his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.
Year 12 have worked for the past five weeks on this piece, rehearsing in the style of Frantic Assembly, Britain’s foremost physical theatre company. Requiring strong physical skills, excellent timing and team work, the performance is entertaining, humorous and heart-warming.