The National Theatre brings The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time to Leeds Grand Theatre this week. Based on Mark Haddon's best-selling 2003 novel, the play follows the investigations of fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone as he attempts to solve the mystery of a neighbour's murdered dog. The story is unique, presented from the viewpoint of a high-functioning autistic teenager who is voyaging through adolescence and domestic upheaval, constructing a world within a strict set of mathematical boundaries.
The domestic storyline is a simple one and follows the fallout of a marriage breakup and the darkly comic assassination of a dog with pitchfork. Christopher's methodological approaches to solving the murder provide an insight into how he copes within a universe of chaos and irrational human behaviour, forming strategies to deal with new experiences and unexpected challenges.
And Then There Were None comes to Leeds Grand Theatre this week as part of a national tour. Based on the record-breaking murder mystery novel by Agatha Christie, the play introduces ten individuals as they are lured to an island retreat and played a recorded message. The voice threatens to make them pay for a series of unspeakable crimes, assuring them that nobody will survive the duration of their stay. Soon the party realise that the killings in the house are being conducted by somebody within the group. The race is on to expose the murderer.
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