Theatre stars get into character at Northampton railway station ahead of show

Joshua Jenkins in character as Christopher Boone with pet rat Toby, played by Starsky
Joshua Jenkins in character as Christopher Boone with pet rat Toby, played by Starsky

Actors got into character at Northampton railway station today ahead of their performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in town tonight.

Joshua Jenkins, who plays protagonist Christopher Boone in the stage adaptation of the popular book by Northampton-born author Mark Haddon, recreated the scene where he boards a train from Swindon to London.

Staying true to the story, he was accompanied by his pet rat and best friend Toby, played by Starsky.

Making his National Theatre debut in the play, the Swansea-born actor plays a fifteen-year-old boy living with autism, though the fact is not explicitly mentioned in the book.

He said: “We put in a lot of research to get that portrayal right and the book by Mark Haddon was like my Bible while we were rehsearsing.

“We also visited schools in North London to talk to some of the pupils who had a degree of autism and they were very generous with their time. I learned a lot.”

Without wanting to give too much away, he added that some of his favourite scenes in the play include special effects to portray his thoughts.

The train journey recreated at the station is a key part of the story in which a mysterious incident takes him on a detective mission forbidden by his father.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is showing at Northampton’s Derngate theatre until Saturday (March 28). Tickets are priced between £14-£33.50 and can be booked through the Box Office on: Northampton 624811.