I haven’t lived with, nor have I been close to someone with autism. Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, first published in 2005, was my first insight into the mind and domestic stresses of someone living with autism, and I think it has greatly increased my awareness. It made me realise what a strange phenomena logic is.
The high-tech National Theatre production in the West End is incredible. It’s riddled with minute detail, from the silhouettes of the on-stage ‘spectators’, through to the mathematical encore of the the A-level exam answer. The fast pace delivery is emotionally draining – heartbreaking and humorous, acted with sincerity. It’s also amazing to see the dynamic of the theater change, in a split second, when a puppy is brought on stage.