Christopher Boone, a 15-year-old English lad, makes some amazing discoveries in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time.
The play, which continues its run this weekend, March 15-17, at the Mercury Theatre on Brae Road in Duncan, features a unique story in the unique life of a special needs teenager.
His parents, his neighbours, and everyone else who encounters him are drawn into his search to find out who killed a neighbourhood dog.
Because Christopher is “different”, so is this play. Under the direction of Rien Vesseur, the action takes place in an oversized grey flannel box, with anonymous supporting actors providing “voices” to buttress the action in the centre of the stage.
Timothy Cameron shines in his portrayal of Christopher. His body language — of prime importance in this play — continually reminds us that this young man is special: his astonishing insights and knowledge are combined with an elemental simplicity that connects immediately with the audience and doesn’t let go until the surprising ending of this show.
He is not alone in offering a great performance, though.
Erin Butler, in his role as Ed Boone, Christopher’s blue-collar father, shows the breadth of his ability here as he tackles the toughest part: the dad who’s trying to dodge his understandable frustration while giving every support to his son.
Laura Faulkner as Judy Boone, Christopher’s mother, is also extremely believable in her part.
This is a theatrical experience that should not be missed, and it’s been selling out. You’ll be sorry if you don’t at least try to get hold of a ticket.
Christopher needs some quiet time as he and his pet rat find themselves in an underground station. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen) Christopher Boone (Timothy Cameron) gets a warning from the police. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen) Siobhan reads from Christopher’s book about the discovery of the death of Wellington, the dog, one night. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen) When Ed discovers Christopher at his mother’s house in London, the boy pulls a knife to keep his dad at bay. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen) Christopher (Timothy Cameron) dreams of being an astronaut so he can be alone in the quiet of outer space. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen) Both Christopher and his mentor, Siobhan (Megan Bourns), are delighted that he’s passed his A-level maths exam. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen) In a flashback incident, Christopher finds that his mother, Judy, is safe at the seaside after all. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen) Christopher rides the underground to his mother’s place in London. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen) Judy Boone (Laura Faulkner) is aghast that her son has been told she had died. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen) A drunken Roger Shears (Brandon Newell) attempts to tell Christopher to shape up. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen) Ed Boone (Erin Butler) drives Christopher home after picking him up at the police station. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen) Ed Boone surprises his son with a puppy, to the lad’s evident delight. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen) Ed (Erin Butler) offers to pay for his son’s A-level exams so he can take them immediately instead of waiting another year. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen) Christopher (Timothy Cameron) gets a blast from his dad (Erin Butler) about interfering in other’s people’s business. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen) Judy Boone (Laura Faulkner), now living with Roger Shears (Brandon Newell), tells her husband Ed, (Erin Butler) to take himself off home and leave Christopher with her. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen) Ed is shocked to find Christopher almost catatonic after discovering his mother’s letters. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen) Dad, Ed Boone, wishes he could hug his son, Christopher, but knows he doesn’t dare touch him. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen) Through the medium of her letters, Judy Boone (Laura Faulkner) explains why she left home. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen) Christopher Boone (Timothy Cameron) looks at the credit card he has stolen from his father as he makes plans to travel with his pet rat to London. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen) Mrs. Alexander (Lola Dickinson) and Christopher have a short talk about what happened to Wellington the dog. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen) Christopher remembers being terrified when, at the seaside, his mother just dived into the water. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)