English Literature / Drama GCSE: Christopher and his Mum

A look at the relationship between Christopher Boone and his Mum, Judy Boone, from 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time', through interviews with the actors and footage from the National Theatre production.

We see how Judy’s letters to Christopher are staged in the production, with the actor reading them out.

We hear how Judy has to deal with the guilt and shame of having left her son.

Judy and Christopher’s difficulty when re-uniting is explored.

We see that Judy has to make the decision to go back to Swindon to look after her son.

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.

Teacher Notes

When studying the novel or play as a set text, this short film can be used to explore the relationship between Christopher and his mum, Judy, and to analyse the character of Judy Boone in depth.

If studying the play as a scripted piece, students could be tasked with exploring the key relationships in the text.

This short film could also be used when performing the play to gain insight into how to portray the relationship between Christopher and his mum, and explore how the scenes with the letters being read are staged.

Students could also analyse the scenes between Christopher and his mum if analysing the play as a piece of live theatre.

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..

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Adapting a Novel for Theatre
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