NTNG’s Youth Stage

Lazaristes Monastery - Sokratis Karantinos Stage
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
Based on the novel by Mark Haddon
Adapted by Simon Stephens
Directed by Eleana Tsichli
DATES: 26/10/2019 - 04/01/2020
DAYS & TIMES: Tuesday to Friday at 10:30 (Schools)
    Every Saturday at 17:00 (General public)
  Thursday 26/12, Friday 27/12 & Thursday 03/01 at 21:00
RUNNING TIME: 110 min (including interval)
TICKET SALES: NTNG Box Offices (Τ. 2315 200 200) | | Τ. 11876 
The riveting play from the NTNG Youth Stage, Simon Stephens’ “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”, returns for a second season after a hugely successful first run in which it moved audiences and critics alike. A theatrical adaptation of Mark Haddon’s award-winning novel, translated by Margarita Dalamagka-Kalogirou and directed by Eleana Tsichli features a 15-year-old protagonist, Christopher, who is on the autism spectrum.
A few words about the play

Christopher is a fifteen-year boy with special abilities and an extraordinary talent for mathematics. His social behaviour often makes his daily life difficult for him. He cannot stand to be touched, suffers seizures when disturbed and does not manage his emotions in the way most people do. One day, he decides to unravel the mystery surrounding the killing of a dog. But his investigation will lead him to discover a great truth about his own personal life. How high can he climb alone after this revelation?

Director’s Note
Christopher is a 15-year-old on the autism spectrum. As he himself confides to us, his world is different. Confused by people, he often dreams that he is all alone on Earth—a thought which calms him. He has numerous peculiarities, but gifts, too. He does not like it when people say he has “special needs” or “learning difficulties”; the way he sees it, everyone has “special needs” and “learning difficulties”. He prefers to describe himself as “different”.
“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” is, in essence, the diary of a boy who is “different”. In it, Christopher records events and thoughts as he experiences and thinks them. The story starts out as a detective story. Christopher sets out to unravel the mysterious murder of Wellington, his neighbour’s dog. But very soon, as he conducts his “police investigation”, he is confronted by various unexpected secrets that make him the protagonist in a story that will change his life. It is during this unexpected adventure that Christopher has to face the sinister world of “other people” alone for the first time—a world in which he can only survive if he can finds ways around the difficulties that present themselves.
A story which encourages us to look at life through the eyes of a special person. A hymn to the uniqueness of existence, a life lesson for adolescents but for adults, too.
Eleana Tsichli

Press reviews of the production
Vasilis Darmas: the young actor who entranced the NTNG
Vasilis Darmas nails the role of the intelligent, autistic teenager in the play “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”.

Maria Ritzaleou, Ethnos
With the sensitivity and simple, clean lines bestowed on it by Eleana Tsichli’s direction, this is a very powerful production indeed. Its greatest strength is its young star... Darmas embodies Christopher’s innocence. Darmas insists that Christopher is scared just like he is, but that he also finds the courage to keep going, like he does.

Vasilis Bouziotis,
The performance was riveting. All the actors were great in their roles, but Christopher (Vasilis Darmas) simply took our breath away. A great talent who didn’t relax his grip on his challenging role for a moment, he portrayed the protagonist in a unique way. At the end of the show, the entire audience was on its feet applauding for curtain call after curtain call. Don’t miss it, if you find yourself in Thessaloniki.

Kyriaki Beyoglou, Ephimerida ton Syntakton
At the NTNG, they call it their “Youth Stage”. But it’s not just for teenagers! This is a show every adult should see. Eleana Tsichli worked on the detail with Vasilis Darmas, who plays the lead role, and created a winner... This is a play for everyone. I promise you you’ll be on your feet at the end applauding Vasilis Darmas—it’s impossible not to.

Giorgos Papanikolaou,

In “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”, Vasilis Darmas is riveting in the demanding role of Christopher. His speech often comes across as frenzied and incomprehensible, revealing the workings of a special mind, while his physical movements are nervous and timid, reflecting his fear of physical contact. The play stays well clear of hyperbole and caricature, instead using humour, emotion and an unshakeable belief in what it has to say to transport the audience into Christopher’s world. An exemplary interpretation from a young actor with great promise.

Giorgos Christopoulos, Onlytheater
Translation: Margarita Dalamagka-Kalogirou, Direction: Eleana Tsichli, Set-costumes: Tina Tzoka, Music: Manos Mylonakis, Movement: Sophia Papanikandrou, Lighting: Stella Kaltsou, Video: Anastasia Flokatoula, Giorgos Soumelidis, Director’s Assistant: Maria Bagana, 2nd Director’s Assistant: Christina Koutsi, Set-Costume Designer΄s Assistant: Danai Pana, Production photography: Tasos Thomoglou, Production Coordinator: Dimosthenis Panos

With: Marianna Avramaki (No. 37, Passer-by, Information, Punk, Voice 5), Melina Garbi (Judy Boone), Maria Bagana (Mrs Alexander, Lady on street, Voice 6), Vasilis Darmas (Christopher Boone), Orestis Paliadelis (Ed Boone), Gogo Papaioannou (Siobhan), Thodoris Polyzonis (Rev. Peters, Uncle Terry, Station security, Voice 4), Alkiviadis Spyropoulos (Mr Roger Sears, Neighbour, Chief Inspector, Clerk, Drunk, Passer-by, Voice 2), Giannis Tsatsaris (Policeman, Mr Thompson, London policeman, Man in socks, Drunk, Voice 3), Chrysa Toumanidou (Mrs Eileen Shears, Headmistress, Passenger on train, Shop owner, Voice 1)