Makena’s Artifact 1

Artifact 1

This is the big orange leaf that is stuck to the police officer’s shoe. The technological advancements used in this show tap into the audience’s emotional connection to the characters.


Few people have experienced what living with autism is like, which is the surface-level theme of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is all about.  In the play we see the world through the eyes of autistic child, Christopher Boone.  Luke Treadaway, who originated the role of Christopher, sums up the very universal themes in this play.  Treadaway says, “It’s about love and loss and grief and family and understanding and acceptance.”[1]  Through exploration of movement and technology this show taps into the audience’s emotions.

We’ve come a long way since the 1840s when gas-lights where the common way to illuminate the stage and definitely from when the Romans dropped boulders down tunnels to make thunder.[2] Using sound, lights and projections The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is able to communicate to the audience what it feels like to experience not only living with someone who has Asperger’s, but with this technological help, an audience member is able to relate to Christopher’s sensory overload.  When you see prime numbers flying around the stage and hear an overpowering noise when he gets worked up and overwhelmed you’re able to step inside and see a story that is simply about someone, different from others, struggling for understanding and achievement. With this technologically-aided insight audiences can feel Christopher’s loss, his parent’s love, and the uncertainty that’s felt in his closing words, “Does that mean I can do anything?”[3] Christopher’s story would’ve fallen flat without the effectual use of technology.

The multi-sensory approach used in the production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time allows people to understand what being on the autistic spectrum is like.[4] Audiences are better able to glimpse what others who are different from themselves feel through the advancement of technology used in theatre productions.






[1] Elliot, Marianne, and Luke Treadaway. “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time interviews.”The Gaurdian: the whole picture. 30 Jun 2013. Jun . Web. .

[2] Downs, William Missouri, Lou Anne Wright, and Erik Ramsey. The Art of Theatre: A Concise Introduction. 3rd edition. Boston: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2007. Print.

[3] Stephens, Simon, and Mark Haddon. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Great Britian: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2013. Print.

[4] Steward, Robyn, and cast and crew members. “‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’: Working on the Spectrum.” Nation Theatre. 02 Oct 2012. Oct . Web.



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