Curious Incident

‘Magical and Moving.’

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Design Challenge: Live Brief

At the National Theatre, we want to connect with young people who are interested in all aspects of theatre, from those who want to perform and equally those who are interested in any of the myriad roles needed to bring a stage production to life.

To coincide with the UK and Ireland Tour of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, starting January 2017, National Theatre Learning, in partnership with Creative & Cultural Skills, have set an exciting Design Challenge for students: Students have the opportunity to design a scene from the play and receive feedback, support, and advice from professional designers.

Most suitable for: Level 3 students studying elements of design and production AND
Level 4 HND/Foundation Degree Students

This will provide a chance for students to apply the skills they have learned on their course, build a strong portfolio and get a taste of the working world. The specific areas covered are Set Design, Lighting Design, Sound Design and Video Design although students are encouraged to collaborate across a range of disciplines.

Students are required to see the production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in order to fully engage with the brief and to maximise their learning outcomes. See here for a list of Tour venues. There are a number of ways students can engage with the production more broadly; the Learning contact at your regional theatre can provide full details of what is taking place at your local venue.

Register your interest by emailing

When you are registered for this Live Brief, you will be sent a Resource Pack which will outline the challenge, submission information and deadlines and include notes from the Director, Set Designer, Lighting Designer, Video Designer and Sound Designer as well as technical and tutor support notes.


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