How is storytelling done in the play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time?

Storytelling is done in the play through a reading of Christopher's words by Siobhan, his mentor at school. This differs from the original book, which is written from Christopher's point of view.

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Given that the original book on which the play is based is written from Christopher's point of view, it would've been impossible for Simon Stephens—or anyone else for that matter—to have written a stage adaptation without changing the narrative form.

So instead of the play version of The Curious Incident...

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Given that the original book on which the play is based is written from Christopher's point of view, it would've been impossible for Simon Stephens—or anyone else for that matter—to have written a stage adaptation without changing the narrative form.

So instead of the play version of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time being presented directly through Christopher's eyes, we get his perspective at second hand via Siobhan, his school mentor and teacher, who reads the little book he's written about the mystery of who killed his neighbor's dog.

Having Siobhan speak Christopher's words is a highly effective dramatic technique, as it slowly but surely draws us into the young man's world, a world that most of us would find difficult to understand.

Christopher's story is no less powerful for being told by somebody else. The details largely speak for themselves. Even when his story is told through someone else, Christopher's personality shines through quite strongly. We feel sympathetic toward him, even when we don't fully understand him.

When Siobhan reads Christopher's book, it's as if we're reading the book with her, as if we too are entering into the mind of a fascinating young man with a truly unique and individual perspective on the world around him. And this is why, above all else, the play-within-a-play approach adopted by Stephens for the stage version of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time works so effectively.

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