Piquing Curiosity at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre
posted: Thursday, November 17, 2016
On November 9, Grade 9-12 Drama students visited the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre for a matinee showing of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, with the assignment of writing a review for the production. The play is based on the award-winning novel of the same name that some students study in Literature Circles in Grade 8 ELA.
The play itself premiered in the West End and moved to Broadway, winning multiple awards in each location. MTC’s production was jointly produced with Citadel Theatre (Edmonton), and was the Canadian premiere!
The show follows teenage protagonist Christopher, whose symptoms and behaviour suggest he has a mild form of autism. The show relies on the use of the ensemble to play numerous roles, and many innovative and technological effects helped bring the story to life – students had a lot to write about when completing their review!
“I must say,” said one Grade 11 student, “what a grounding experience this has been. This play challenges the trivial complacency we tend to fall into and forces us to reinterpret the world in a way that is new and exciting. You will be unable to hold back discussion of what you’ll witness with The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime."
A Grade 10 student appreciated the technical aspects of the play: “When Christopher was angry or upset, the lights turned red; when he was curious they were blue, and when he was calm, they were white. This helped further the audience’s understanding of his feelings and gave us further insight into his mind.”
A great class outing which truly left an impression on students.