English Literature / Drama GCSE: Themes

An exploration of the themes of 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' by Mark Haddon.

Interviews with cast and creative members are interspersed with footage from the 2012 National Theatre production of the play.

Playwright Simon Stephens introduces the themes running through the novel and play: family, how you live with other people, love, the importance of being honest, the difficulty of truthfulness.

Footage from the National Theatre’s production of the play explores these themes in more detail.

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

This short film could be used to introduce themes when studying the novel as a set text.

You could encourage your students to explore the themes in detail, using what they've learnt in the short film as inspiration.

This could also be used to explore how to communicate the themes of the play in performance.

Students could be encouraged to analyse this play as a piece of live theatre and discuss how the themes are showcased in performance.

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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Design Elements
Ensemble Acting
Adapting a Novel for Theatre
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Christopher and his Mum
Christopher and Siobhan
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