Drama A level students have just visited Milton Keynes to see a production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. Student Noah Brown reports:
“The play is a creative adaptation of the novel of the same name by Mark Haddon and centres around a teenager with autism who tries to solve the murder of his neighbour’s dog, Wellington. The performance was not only enjoyable from my perspective as someone enthusiastic about theatre but also educational because this year (A2) we are doing creative adaptations for our practical unit. As a result I experienced a fantastic, award-winning example of how well a book can be adapted using a variety of techniques such as mime and physical theatre, as well as more naturalistic aspects of theatre.
“What’s more, I know one of the cast members. He spoke to us in detail about how it was an incredible experience being able to take a piece of literature that you love and adapt it to your vision so others can see it. He said that if you are given the chance to carry out such an adaptation, it is always worthwhile. Even having something as simple as the spine of a story as a stimulus can be just the ignition for creativity that one needs to fuel an interest in theatre. A level Drama at Long Road gives you this opportunity – we can work with each other to bring to life on stage our vision of our favourite stories.”