The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time was originally a novel and has been adapted by Simon Stephens into play form. This version of the text is meant to be seen in performance. The staging of the play is original and contributes massively to how the audience perceive the events and characters on stage.
The play fits into three possible genres - a family drama, a crime mystery and a coming of age story or bildungsroman.
The play fits into this genre because it tells the story of Christopher Boone and his family. During the play Christopher discovers that his beliefs about his family are wrong and that his father has been keeping the truth from him.
The play is a crime mystery because it follows Christopher's investigation of the death of Mrs Shears' dog, Wellington. Despite his father's warnings, Christopher continues his detective work and discovers the truth about his mother.
A 'bildungsroman' is a coming of age story in which we follow the main character as they grow up and learn about themselves and the world. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time fits this genre as Christopher uncovers Wellington's murderer, travels to London, passes his A-level Maths exam, at the age of 15 and ultimately learns that he is capable of anything!
In order to analyse form you must:
Explain how Stephens uses form to influence the audience.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a play and so it is meant to be seen as a performance.