Win tickets to the National Theatre’s production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time


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As the National Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time kicks off its UK and Ireland tour, we’re giving away two tickets to one of the final shows in London’s West End, before it closes 3rd June 2017.

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Winner of five Tony Awards and seven Olivier awards including Best Play, Simon Stephen’s stage adaptation of Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a spectacle for the senses. Through a captivating blend of set design, lighting and choreography, the audience is transported into the extraordinary mind of Christopher, a 15 year old boy determined to solve the mystery of who murdered his neighbour’s dog Wellington.
Bunny Christie’s stripped back set design provides the perfect environment on which to project the protagonist’s unique view of the world. We caught up with the multi award-winning designer to discover the inspiration behind her sets and how she uses lighting and furniture to bring the narrative to life.

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How did you become a set designer?
I went to Art School and did a degree in Theatre Design, which was great fun, and more collaborative than doing Fine Art or another Art based degree. After that I began designing small fringe shows and wherever I could get work. It was often for very little money, but it gave me experience, contacts and work makes work.
Those who have read Mark Haddon’s novel will know that adapting Curious Incident for the theatre is no small order. How did you go about translating his very vivid world from the page to the stage?
Getting inside the head of Christopher, was really important to me in forming the world of the design. I wanted Curious Incident to feel exciting and vibrant and full of maths and science. Reading the book is really fun and playful, so I wanted coming to see the show to be equally as entertaining and not at all stuffy or earnest.
Collaborating closely with the lighting designer and projection designer meant that we could make a whole visual world that tells the story while allowing the scene to instantly move from a bedroom to a school to the Tube to outer space.

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Which designers – whether they be theatre, interior or furniture – have had a major influence on your work?
I was very influenced by Phillip Prowse at The Glasgow Citizens Theatre when I was younger. Also by the dance pieces created by Pina Bausch. I love the work of photographers Robert Polidori and Gregory Crewdson who both do incredible atmospheric work, plus I really admire the theatre work of Ivo Van Hove and Jan Versweyveld.
I’ve just designed a show set in 1969 so I’ve been admiring the furniture of Olivier Mourgue. We used a couple of Eero Aarnio Bubble Chairs, which are so iconically 1960’s and of course everyone loved.
How does your experience in set design come into play when designing your home?
I don’t live in what you might call a designer interior. I like a mix of things and even incorporate bits from shows I’ve worked on. I guess I like to not have a lot of clutter and I agree with William Morris when he said “If you want a golden rule that will fit everybody, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”
Everyone’s idea of what is beautiful can of course be very different! Being a designer means I’m horribly particular about colour. I even made a scale model of my kitchen when we were re-fitting it.

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To win a pair of tickets to see The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the Gielgud Theatre on London’s Shaftesbury Avenue, simply fill out the form below.

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Competition closes midnight 19th April 2017. Winners will be contacted shortly after. See the competition Terms & Conditions for more details.