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Published on November 17th, 2017 | by admin

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME ASSOCIATED PROGRAM

To complement the Australian premiere season of the National Theatre of Great Britain’s award-winning production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time opening in January 2018 and to enrich audiences’ experience of this ground breaking production, Arts Centre Melbourne will host their most extensive Associated Program for a mainstage show to date.

Featuring workshops and talks with creatives that include UK playwright Simon Stephens and composer Adrian Sutton, a full day immersive Experience, a presentation for secondary students led by Maths Inspiration (UK), insights into the production and a relaxed performance, the innovative and varied program will enable the general public, schools and community groups to deeply engage with the show, its themes and creators.  New artistic work will also be created and showcased in response to the production by emerging creative talent.

Joshua Cowie, Creative Learning Producer at Arts Centre Melbourne, says of the Associated Program, “Arts Centre Melbourne is thrilled to provide opportunities for all Victorians to engage with, learn about or respond to this award-winning production, and to creatively connect emerging talent with the world-class artists who created this phenomenal play”. 

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Associated Program includes four themes: Insight into Curious Incident; Inspired by Curious Incident; Emerging Creative Talent; and Access and Inclusion.

Insight into Curious Incident will pull back the curtain on the performing arts, giving audiences a rare glimpse into the creation of this exceptional international theatre production. Featured events include: Pre-show General, Technical and Adaptation Insight talks; playwright Simon Stephens speaking about his work as a playwright and the process of adapting Mark Haddon’s beloved novel for the stage in Page to Stage with Simon Stephens (UK); Post-show Forums with cast and creatives; Drama workshops for young actors and directors; Arts Ads workshops; and a full day Sunday immersion Experience including, Insights, Back of House Tour and lunch. 

Inspired by Curious Incident takes to heart the themes of the production, exploring the connections where logic and mathematics meet the world of the arts. Maths Inspiration (UK) will present The Curious Coincidence of Maths in the Day-Time shows for secondary students in the Playhouse, exploring the maths behind this award winning stage production as well as Maths Inspiration (UK) shows in Ballarat and Warrnambool.

Emerging Creative Talent provides a unique opportunity for young Australian creatives to work with professional artists and technicians, developing performing arts skills and creating their own responses to the world of Curious Incident. Featured events include: Design Academy, a four day opportunity for emerging creatives to work with professionals to reimagine the set, video and sound design of the show and create an engaging foyer installation; Prime Composition, a two day workshop with Curious Incident composer Adrian Sutton (UK), creating new music inspired by the mathematical patterns highlighted in the production with compositions performed live in the foyer at select performances; Curious Incident Movement Uncovered Workshops, with Frantic Assembly (UK); Curious Incident Drama Workshop with the Resident Director; and Playwrights Incubator led by Simon Stephens (UK). 

The upcoming season of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time progresses Arts Centre Melbourne and Melbourne Theatre Company’s commitment and strategy to embrace Access and Inclusion in the performing arts. A Relaxed Performance will take place during the season where the environment is carefully adapted, friendly and embraces different audience reactions. There will also be a post-relaxed performance Q&A with the resident director and actors in the auditorium.  An industry event is also planned to take place during the season.

Direct from the UK, the acclaimed National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is the winner of five Tony Awards and seven Olivier Awards, including Best Play for both. Featuring remarkable, immersive staging and a full UK cast, this Australian premiere presented by Arts Centre Melbourne and Melbourne Theatre Company is a global theatrical phenomenon that simply must not be missed. The season will take place from January 11 2018 at Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse.

Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone has an extraordinary brain – exceptional at maths, while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes Christopher on a frightening journey that upturns his world.  Adapted by Simon Stephens from Mark Haddon’s international best-selling novel, this phenomenal combination of storytelling and spectacle is ingeniously brought to life by award-winning director Marianne Elliott (War Horse).

Tickets for the Associated Program events are now on sale. 

General Public events

 

General Insight

One hour preshow talk about the creation and history of the show led by the Resident Director.

1 & 22 February 1, 2018, 6:00pm

Venue: The Channel

Price: $10.00

 

Adaptation Insight

One hour preshow talk about the adaptation from novel to script led by local artist Sam Mackie

15 February 2018, 6:00pm

Venue: The Channel

Price: $10.00

 

Curious Incident Experience

Spend a Sunday absorbed in all things Curious Incident. Featuring short versions of the 3 Insights (General, Technical and Adaptation), back of house tour and lunch  (show not included)

Sundays 21, 28 January & 4 February 2018, 10:30am

Price: Adult $75 with an $8.50 transaction fee per order / Under 30s $45 with an $8.50 transaction fee per order

 

Page to Stage with Simon Stephens (UK)

Join Curious Incident playwright Simon Stephens as he speaks about his work as a playwright and the process of adapting Mark Haddon’s beloved novel for the stage.

14 January 2018, 1:00pm

Venue: The Pavilion

Price: $25.00 with a $4 transaction fee per order

 

Post Show Forums with cast and creatives

Ticket holders have the chance to discuss the show, after the show, with members of the cast and crew in the Playhouse

16 & 30 January 2018, Audi Forum Nights

 

Relaxed Performance

The Relaxed Performance is for anyone who will benefit from a more ‘relaxed’ environment. Sound and lighting cues are modified, doors are left open in case taking a break is required, there is an easy going attitude to noise and movement, lights are dimmed and there is a designated Quiet Area. Preshow resources (Visual Story) are available to assist with preparation prior to attending the performance. There will be a post-show Q&A with the resident director and actors in the auditorium following this performance.

Thursday January 25 2018 at 1pm

Tickets: $35.00 plus $8.50 booking fee

 

 

Schools

 

Technical Insight

Learn about what goes on behind the scenes to create the stunning sound, lighting and staging elements of this award winning production, delivered by Arts Centre Melbourne’s Technical Training & Development Manager, Murray Johnstone.

15 & 22 February 2018, 10:00am

Various locations

 

Post Show Q&A with Resident Director and actors

Students have the chance to discuss the show, after the show, with members of the cast and crew in the Playhouse

15 & 22 February 2018

 

Curious Incident Drama Workshop

Experience the thrill of the stage and work with The National Theatre’s Resident Director

13 February 2018, 10:00am

Playhouse Rehearsal Room

 

The Curious Coincidence of Maths in the Day-Time with Maths Inspiration (UK)

Using the set of the show, explore the maths behind the best-selling novel and award-winning stage production.

13 & 14 February 2018

Playhouse

 

Maths Inspiration (UK) regional shows

Explore the maths that influences our daily lives

12 February 2018, Ballarat

15 February 2018, Warrnambool

 

Arts Ads Workshops – on demand

Learn about selling your show through print, radio and online promotion

 

 

Emerging Creatives – all by application

 

Design Academy

A four day opportunity for emerging creatives to work with professionals to reimagine the set, video and sound design of the show and to create an engaging foyer installation.

15 -18 January 2018, 10am – 4pm

Venue: The Channel

Price: $149.00 with an $8.50 transaction fee per order

 

Prime Composition with Adrian Sutton (UK)

A two day workshop with Curious Incident composer Adrian Sutton, creating new music inspired by the mathematical patterns highlighted in the production.  Compositions will be performed live in the foyer at select performances.

13 – 14 January 2018, 10am – 4pm

Venue: The Channel

Price: $129.00 with an $8.50 transaction fee per order

 

Curious Incident Drama Workshop with Resident Director

Experience the thrill of the stage and work with The National Theatre’s Resident Director

17 & 19 January 2018, 1:00pm

Venue: Playhouse Rehearsal Room

Price: $40.00 with an $8.50 transaction fee per order

 

 

Playwrights Incubator with Simon Stephens (UK)

Expanding young playwright’s skills with Curious Incident adaptor Simon Stephens in a 3 day workshop

15 -17 January 2018, 10am – 4pm

Venue: Plaza Room

Price: $180.00 with an $8.50 transaction fee per order

 

 

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Associated Program

Arts Centre Melbourne

From January 13 2018

Tickets and more information : artscentremelbourne.com.au or 1300 182 183


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