English Literature / Drama GCSE: Who is Christopher Boone?

An exploration of the character Christopher Boone, from the novel and play 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time'.

Both the actor who originated the role and the director of the National Theatre production talk about their understanding and interpretation of the character.

We see the character in action and his unique view on the world, through footage of the play in production.

The playwright talks about the challenges in representing Christopher’s relationships with others, because of the character’s autism.

The footage shows how the actor physically embodied the character of Christopher Boone, and how he brought the role to life.

PLEASE NOTE: There is footage from the theatre production of a model dog with a pitchfork through it, which some people might find upsetting.

Teacher Notes

Students could use this short film to explore the character of Christopher when reading the novel, or as an overall introduction to the story.

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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