Last week saw a group of year ten students perform a stage adaptation of Mark Haddon’s well-known and loved novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. The book is titled after a line in a Sherlock Holmes story, and begins with the mysterious murder of a pet dog. Christopher Boone, a young man of considerable mathematical ability but little empathy, decides to investigate the crime, leading him to uncover some unhappy family truths in the process…
I saw the final performance on Friday night and was so impressed with the nine students who were involved. They worked brilliantly as a team and created a slick and engaging show in the intimate confines of the Drama Studio. The play deals with family breakdown and all the students played their roles with maturity, sensitivity and humour.
As Christopher’s father and mother, Giuliano and Tom really captured both the frustration and tenderness provoked by raising a child with challenging behaviour, whilst Simon T did a fine job of portraying Christopher himself, showing great empathy. Leo was very memorable as the concerned elderly neighbour Mrs Alexander, inhabiting the role both physically and emotionally. Torin, David and Simon RF played a range of minor characters with real wit and precision whilst Lara and Ester took on the leading female roles with great vocal confidence. All in all I was struck by the flexibility of the cast and the strong feeling of mutual support amongst them.
Being a Year 10 tutor this year, I know how hard the students worked to achieve this production: they have had to stay after school on two nights a week in order to rehearse. I know they are all very grateful to Imran Mirza, an actor and theatre practitioner who directed the piece so skilfully and to d’Overbroeck’s Director of Drama Joe Swarbrick for his support on the night with the lighting and staging. The range of theatrical techniques used meant that the piece was fast-paced and visually interesting to watch.
Thank you for a wonderful performance and I look forward to seeing the next d’Overbroeck’s drama production in the shape of the upcoming ‘Legally Blonde’ in the new year.
Rachel Thanassoulis, Head Of English, Years 7-11