Five things to do this monthby Prospect / June 20, 2012 / Leave a comment
Published in July 2012 issue of Prospect Magazine
Silver prosthetic nose, on display at the Wellcome collection’s “Superhuman” exhibition. Mounted on a spectacle frame, this was worn by a woman who had lost her nose as a result of syphilis.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
National Theatre, 24th July-12th September
An explosive evening could be on the cards in the collaboration of novelist Mark Haddon, controversial playwright Simon Stephens, and War Horse director Marianne Elliott. Originally a prize-winning novel, The Curious Incident… announced Haddon’s ability to get inside someone else’s head completely, in this case that of a 15-year-old mathematical genius with behavioural difficulties. Alienated from his father, Christopher sets off to solve the murder mystery of a neighbour’s dog he finds impaled on a garden fork.
It will be fascinating to see how Stephens—who, earlier this year, traced a rather different murder mystery to the heart of the European sex-trafficking underworld in Three Kingdoms—untangles the dense first-person rollercoaster narrative on the stage. Haddon himself has theatre form: his debut play Polar Bears at the Donmar Warehouse in 2010 was a weird but spellbinding fable of a pregnant writer who might be bipolar or merely manic depressive. As his work shows, other people’s misery can be so uplifting.