English Literature / Drama GCSE: Christopher and his Dad

An exploration into the relationship between Christopher Boone and his Dad, Ed Boone, from 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time'.

It uses footage from the original National Theatre production depicting the tense relationship between father and son.

We gain an insight into Ed as a frustrated, angry and wounded man through the interview with an actor who has played the role.

Playwright Simon Stephens explains how it was important not to show Ed as a bad man.

We see the change in Ed at the end of the story, when he tries to re-gain Christopher’s trust, through footage from the play.

This short film is from the BBC series, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: From Page to Stage, made in collaboration with the National Theatre.

It explores how Mark Haddon’s much-loved novel became a multi-award-winning theatre production.

Interviews with the playwright, director and cast and footage from both rehearsal and performance reveal the process of bringing the story alive on stage.

PLEASE NOTE: There is footage from the theatre production showing Christopher fighting with his Dad, which some people might find upsetting.

Teacher Notes

Encourage students to explore the relationship between Christopher and his dad when studying the novel as a set text, using this short film as a helpful guide.

Students could be tasked with analysing the character of Ed Boone, or the relationship between Christopher and his father, in detail.

If studying the play as a scripted piece, ask your students to explore the key relationships in the text, and scenes between Christopher and his father in particular.

If performing the play, this could be used to gain insight into how to portray the relationship between Christopher and his father.

Curriculum Notes

This short film is suitable for teaching GCSE English literature and drama in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and National 5 in Scotland.

More from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: From Page to Stage

Creating Atmosphere
Creating Comedy and Tension
Design Elements
Ensemble Acting
Adapting a Novel for Theatre
What is Physical Theatre?
Christopher and his Mum
Christopher and Siobhan
Who is Christopher Boone?