'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' - how physical theatre is used
What is physical theatre? An insight into this theatre form and an explanation of how it was used in 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time'. Scott Graham from theatre company Frantic Assembly explains what is meant by physical theatre and how it is used. Physical theatre is a dynamic way of exploring a subtext. It includes a range of body language, chorography and dance. We see rehearsal and performance footage from the National Theatre’s production of 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time'. We see the world from the point of view of Christopher Boone which was explored through a physical language on stage.
Footage from the show and rehearsal process is interspersed with interviews from the cast, creative team and Frantic Assembly to explore how physical theatre can be used to tell a story. The director, Marianne Elliott, explains the need for a very physical actor to play Christopher in the show. It can be hard to perfect physical theatre as even the simplest movements have to be very exact. The process of rehearsing and developing a physical theatre piece is explained and demonstrated.