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    Mark Haddon’s critically acclaimed novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime is on tour. We spoke to Joshua Jenkins about playing Christopher Boone in the award winning stage production…


    You’re playing Christopher Boone in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime at the Liverpool Empire Theatre. For the audience who haven’t seen the stage production or haven’t read the book, could you tell us a little more about your character?

    He’s a fifteen year old genius, in the true sense of the word. He’s got the most amazing mind and gift for thinking and a wonderful gift with maths and science, but he struggles with everyday social interaction. He finds the world confusing and overwhelming. The play starts where he finds his neighbour’s dog dead in the front garden, and he goes on this wonderful journey to solve the mystery of who killed Wellington the dog. Considering he finds social interaction really difficult and he finds the world confusing, it’s an act of bravery really. It’s a wonderful coming of age story about a wonderful boy.


    It is a wonderful story. I read the book when I was fifteen and it has been a part of a lot of people’s lives, both children and adults. What’s it like to be part of a story that has had such an impact on so many people?

    It’s wonderful; I didn’t quite realise the responsibility of what the book meant to so many people and what the play means to so many people. The play in itself has won seven Oliviers and six Tony awards in New York, and the response you get from the audience is just unbelievable really. You just see how much the play really means to them. I think early on in rehearsals we realised as a company that we were joining something that was quite special. The production is so fantastic and it really does bring that wonderful book to life. It’s a privilege really to be doing this.


    It must be pretty exciting to take this production across the country on tour…

    It’s incredible! It’s a play and a story that should be told to as many people as possible. It means so much to so many people and it’s so exciting that we get to take this to lots of places across the UK.


    The production is directed by Marian Elliot, who also directed War Horse. Can we expect a similar style of production?

    Marian Elliot is one of the best Directors in Britain, if not the world. In terms of theatre she is right on top of the game. It’s obviously different to War Horse, because it’s a completely different story, but it’s still very much like War Horse. It’s a beautiful play, which focuses on the characters and the character development, but at the same time has the production values of a West End show. She combines the two perfectly. It’s very similar in that sense that it’s a beautiful play on a big scale. We had a week of tech in London where they built the set for us, and I was absolutely blown away by how magnificent it was. The set, the lighting design, the costumes; the whole production is kind of perfect really. It’s really brought that book to life.


    Can you sum up the show in three words?

    Family, love…coming of age.

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