Last night, my friend Beth and I went to the theatre to see The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at The Gielgud Theatre. It's based on the best-selling novel by Mark Haddon, and has won a slew of awards, including Best Play at the 2015 Tony Awards.
It was awesome. The story follows Christopher Boone, a 15-year-old boy with Asperger Syndrome, who is trying to solve the murder of his neighbour's dog, Wellington. But the detective work is almost secondary to the "human" side of the story, which is about how Christopher relates to the world around him, particularly to his parents.
That was interesting to begin with, but what really made this a great play was how well-staged it was, with pieces essentially taking place inside Christopher's own mind, reflecting the noise, the confusion, and the strangeness he was experiencing at times, while being incredibly gifted at other times (like solving math problems). I obviously have no idea what it's like for people living on the autism spectrum, but it felt so genuine and respectfully-done. There were flashing colors, lights, moving stage pieces, and people everywhere. The acting was superb. It was really moving at times. No one character in the play was perfect, but you had a feeling that they were all just doing their best in difficult situations.
This is only the second play I've seen since moving to London a year ago, and it was a reminder of how lucky I am to live somewhere with such art and accessibility. I may have to start taking better advantage of it. West End, here I come.