Have you visited a store and become overwhelmed with the vast amount of products available? Or walked down the street and felt confusion from the array of advertising shouting messages at you? Or sat in the underground where all voices and sounds seem to bounce into a symphony of madness? I guess we’ve all experienced them on some level or another, but not to the extremity of Christopher.
He hates being touched. Loves the colour red. Has never left the end of his street. Distrusts strangers. Loves trains. Never lies and can solve any sum in a matter of seconds. He’s a boy with an extraordinary brain.
He chances upon a curious incident; a dead dog speared with a pitch fork. He decides he will solve the mystery, but discovers much more than just the identity of the killer along the way. Through large scale projections and creative physical theatre you begin to unravel the mystery, slightly quicker than Christopher. This is the most heartbreaking thing, as you can see the pain he will ultimately feel. Thankfully the play is bubble-wrapped with many lighthearted and humorous moments, which soften the blow and remind me of that age old saying, ‘if you don’t laugh, you’ll cry’.
This play deals with a difficult, and unfortunately taboo, subject in the most endearing and expressive way. From someone who knows very little on the issue, I left with a new found understanding and appreciation of the difficulties some families face.
Christopher is an incredible boy, the production is a true spectacle and this play is an inspiration.
Book now for performance at Gielgud Theatre, London