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Westminster Academy Trust

A Level Drama & Theatre Visit - 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time'

Last night the students were truly inspired by Simon Stephens' adaptation of Mark Haddon's 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' at the Gielgud Theatre on London's Shaftesbury Avenue. The students will be using the production for Live Performance Analysis for both written and practical examination work. However, the content of the production provided more than material for the examination process; the themes of the production were also highly enriching as it focused on the the life of a teenager called Christopher who views the world in a very methodical and mathematical way. As he investigates the murder of his neighbour's dog, Wellington, he then discovers hidden truths about his own family, therefore raising awareness of family, relationships, and ways of viewing the world.

The acting was phenomenal including Storytelling and Physical Theatre, and the staging was mesmerising as it was a reflection of Christopher's way of thinking. Consequently, the students had some fantastic responses to the production:

"The acting was phenomenal, stunning and eye-opening giving the audience a very real connection to the the characters and the events that they had experienced. Overall - this was a stunning and enthralling performance."

"The lighting and special effects were jaw-dropping. I've never witnessed anything executed so brilliantly. It was truly dazzling"

"The production gave us a beautiful outlook of an individual who sees a mathematical and scientific world of wonders. As a young actor I have learnt how to create such sensitive and imaginative work on stage"