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Henfield Theatre Company investigates "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time"

Saturday 13th July - 14:00 - 17:00Henfield Theatre CompanyThe Henfield Hall
Coopers Way
HTC’s next production is the critically acclaimed “Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time”. The play, based on the novel by Mark Haddon and adapted for the stage by Simon Stephens, tells the story of Christopher Boone (played by Ven Malyon, who is himself autistic), a 15 year old mathematical genius who has never explored the world outside of his home or school without his parents. One night he discovers that his neighbour’s dog has been murdered with a garden fork and decides to investigate.

The play is seen through eyes of Christopher, who the audience quickly learn is neurodivergent... however this story is not about ‘labels’, but rather about difference. It tackles themes such as identity, family, adolescence, betrayal and death.

The ten-strong cast (alongside Ven are Emily Norman, Rebel Atkinson, Sarah Jenner-Jones, Helen Fyles, Jane Haines, Paul Crowe, Trevor Hodgson, Beky Peake and Malcolm Harrington) perform as an ensemble, interacting with Christopher as key people in his life but also representing his thoughts, his interpretations of everyday life, presenting Christopher’s unique and idiosyncratic take on the world.

As Director, Karen Blunden is keen for “curious” audiences to experience a production which may be a little different from the norm... “I am hoping that, as well as everyone being thoroughly entertained, with some tears and plenty of laughter along the way, our audience will leave the theatre with a better understanding and a raised awareness. I’d invite all of us to question our own views, judgments and pre-conceptions and challenge ourselves ... looking particularly at how we interact with others we deem ‘different’. At its very core, I want the message to be one of being kind, more patient, more helpful and always remaining ‘curious’.“

Performances are at the Henfield Hall, on Saturday 13th July and Sunday 14th July, at 2pm and 7pm each day. The staging will be in the round, with raised seating. Tickets, priced at £12, are on sale via and at Stevens Estate Agents in Henfield High Street. This production is kindly sponsored by Hawthorn Veterinary Surgeries.
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