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The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night-Time: An Interview with David Michaels

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Bakchormeeboy: In Curious Incident, you play Christopher’s father. How did you build up that familial chemistry between yourself and Joshua Jenkins?

David: I took the lead from Josh. I needed to see what his Christopher was like and then adapt my Father to him, so it was a slow process, from the re early rehearsal period to performance. Plus getting to know josh of Stage helped enormously. So really it was like any normal relationship that you’re trying to create, but much, much quicker.

Bakchormeeboy: How much do you relate to Ed, and what were some of the biggest challenges in preparing for the role?  

David: I think I relate to Ed as a Father and that to me was his main motivating force. To be the best Father to Christopher that he could be, but, in reality, failing quite hard due to all the other circumstances in the play that he is coping with. Which is why, when Christopher runs away, it tears his heart.

Bakchormeeboy: Is this the first time you’ll be performing in Singapore? What are you looking forward to most?

David: Yes first time in Singapore ever, so first time performing there. Just looking forward to seeing and feeling another culture, really.

Bakchormeeboy: What is the most rewarding part of working on Curious Incident? 

David: Knowing that, although it’s a hard play to perform in, the audience get to see a quite brilliant piece of theatre.

Bakchormeeboy: What do you think is the most important message that Curious Incident seeks to bring across to its audiences? 

David: I think it has lots of messages, but also seems intent, particularly with the last moment of the play, not to overplay the theme of all things are possible. But I think if there is a ‘message’ then it probably is – all things are possible.

The Curious Incident of The Dog In The Night-Time plays at the Esplanade Theatre from 29th March to 8th April 2018. Tickets available from SISTIC

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