Posted on 15/01/2024 in Events, News, Shows

The Curious Incident of the Dog in The Night-Time

Date: Tuesday 6th – Saturday 10th February
Doors: 19:00
Show: 19:45

Tickets available online or on the door subject to availability

Remaining faithful to Mark Haddon’s novel of the same name – which received no less than 17 literary prizes worldwide, the stage version of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has been delighting audiences around the world since its highly acclaimed debut at The National Theatre in 2013.

Marking the play’s tenth anniversary, award-winning Ashton Hayes Theatre Club is excited to be bringing the full production to its own audience.

As the play opens, Christopher, fifteen years old, 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.

Determined to discover the real culprit, he records each fact in the book he is writing to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington.

Although the text does not explicitly state that he is on the Autistic Spectrum, Christopher has an extraordinary brain. He is exceptional at maths, while everyday life presents some barriers. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road; he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers. So, when he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbour’s dog, he decides to discover who the real culprit is.

His investigations take him on a journey that upturns his world – played out in a life-affirming odyssey that explores family relationships, friendships and what it means to be “different” in a neurotypical world.

The play is suitable for ages 11 and upwards and has frequently been the subject of English GCSE courses.

**Additional, Relaxed Performance at 14:30 on Saturday 10th February 2024**