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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: The Play (Paperback)
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This schools' edition of Mark Haddon's multi-award-winning novel adapted for the stage of the National Theatre by Simon Stephens is perfect for Key Stages 3 and 4.
Christopher, fifteen years old, stands beside Mrs Shears's dead dog. It has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight, and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in the book he is writing to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington. He has an extraordinary brain and is exceptional at maths, but he is ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers. But Christopher's detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that turns his world upside-down.
This educational edition in Methuen Drama's Critical Scripts series has been prepared by national Drama in Secondary English experts Ruth Moore and Paul Bunyan. Building on a decade of highly effective work and publications endorsed by national organisations and supported by teachers and consultants across Britain, each book in the series:
meets the requirements at KS3 and GCSE
features detailed, structured schemes of work utilising drama approaches to improve literary and language analysis
places pupils' understanding of the learning process at the heart of the activities
will help pupils to boost English GCSE success and develop high-level skills at KS3
will save teachers considerable time devising their own resources.
Simon Stephens's adaptation of Mark Haddon's bestselling, award-winning novel, "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time" offers a richly theatrical exploration of this touching and bleakly humorous tale.
About the Author
Mark Haddon's work as an author includes" A Spot of Bother, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time", "The Real Porky Philips", "Agent Z" and "Titch Johnson" "- Almost World Champion". His work for television includes "Coming Down the Mountain", "Fungus the Bogeyman "and "Microsoap". "Polar Bears" (2010) was Mark Haddon's first work for the theatre. Simon Stephens has been the recipient of both the Pearson Award for Best New Play 2001-2 for his play "Port", and the Olivier Award for Best New Play 2005 for "On the Shore of the Wide World". His recent plays include "Harper Regan" (National Theatre), " Punk Rock" (Lyric Hammersmith/Royal Exchange, Manchester), "Pornography "(Traverse and Birmingham Rep), "Wastwater "(Royal Court and Wiener Festwochen), "The Trial of Ubu "(Hampstead Theatre) and "Three Kingdoms" (Lyric Hammersmith).
Simon Stephens began his theatrical career in the literary department of the Royal Court Theatre, where he ran its Young Writers' Programme. His plays for theatre include Bluebird (Royal Court Theatre, London, 1998, directed by Gordon Anderson); "Herons "(Royal Court Theatre, 2001); "Port "(Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, 2002); "One Minute" (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 2003 and Bush Theatre, London, 2004); "Christmas "(Bush Theatre, 2004); "Country Music" (Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, 2004); "On the Shore of the Wide World" (Royal Exchange Theatre and National Theatre, London, 2005); Motortown (Royal Court Theatre Downstairs, 2006); "Pornography "(Deutsches Schauspielhaus, Hanover, 2007; Edinburgh Festival/Birmingham Rep, 2008 and Tricycle Theatre, London, 2009);" Harper Regan" (National Theatre, 2008); "Sea Wall "(Bush Theatre, 2008/Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, 2009); "Heaven "(Traverse Theatre, 2009); "Punk Rock" (Lyric Hammersmith, London, and Royal Exchange Theatre, 2009); "The Trial of Ubu "(Essen Schauspielhaus/Toneelgroep Amsterdam, 2010); "A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky "(co-written with David Eldridge and Robert Holman; Lyric Hammersmith, London, 2010); "Marine Parade" (co-written with Mark Eitzel; Brighton International Festival, 2010); T5 (Traverse Theatre, 2010); "Wastwater "(Royal Court Theatre Downstairs, 2011); "Morning "(Lyric Hammersmith, 2012); an adaptation of" A Doll's House ("Young Vic, 2012); an adaptation of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" (National Theatre, 2012); "Blindsided "(Royal Exchange, 2014); and "Birdland "(Royal Court, 2014). His radio plays include "Five Letters Home to Elizabeth" (BBC Radio 4, 2001) and "Digging" (BBC Radio 4, 2003). His screenwriting includes an adaptation of Motortown for Film4 (2009); the two-part serial "Dive "(with Dominic Savage) for Granada/BBC (2009); and a short film adaptation of "Pornography "for Channel 4's 'Coming Up' series (2009). Awards include the Pearson Award for Best New Play, 2001, for " Port"; Olivier Award for Best New Play for "On the Shore of the Wide World", 2005; and for "Motortown "German critics in Theater Heute's annual poll voted him Best Foreign Playwright, 2007.