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The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-Time interview with Joshua Jenkins

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The acclaimed National Theatre production THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME

Joshua Jenkins

‘Christopher Boone’

 

>>Joshua Jenkins: When you come and sit in the audience you really enter Christopher’s world. His brain. You see it.  You’re seeing everything that he sees.  And I think it’s a very visceral sort of experience that you’re going through.

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>>Joshua Jenkins: It’s a wonderful set and a great space to play in. It’s meant to represent Christopher’s brain, his mind. So he can take from it what he likes.  He can draw on it, whatever’s projected on it is what he can see. And as an actor it’s the most useful  tool imaginable because so much of the work is done for you.

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>>Joshua Jenkins: When we start the rehearsals we do like a big bootcamp where we all have to try to get into shape and do sit-ups, press-ups, all horrible things that I’m not normally used to.

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>>Joshua Jenkins: I was not a rat person before the shows. I was terrified of rats. When we were rehearsing the director at the time just put the rat on me. She was just like “come on it’s time to bond with the rat”. And the rat went on my shoulder and I had no choice really. But then I realized that they’re wonderful, beautiful, intelligent creatures.

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>>Joshua Jenkins: Very rarely does a play have the production values that this show has got. The set, the lighting, the projections, the music, the physical theatre,  all combined and makes for the most unbelievable story telling.

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The National Theatre production THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME

A new play by Simon Stephens

Based on the novel by Mark Haddon

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