Projects: Theatre

Astonishing, Unmissable

Winner of a record-equalling seven Laurence Olivier Awards including Best Play and Best Sound Design (for Adrian and Ian Dickinson) in 2013. Curious Incident has been hailed by The Times as "a phenomenal combination of storytelling and spectacle".

The National Theatre production was adapted by Simon Stephens and directed by Marianne Elliott with original music by Adrian.

The electronic score was composed with the simplicity and beauty in mind that mathematicians claim for their subject. "Designed" might be a better way of describing its creation, as Adrian recalls:

"It is stylistically a million miles from War Horse. The motivation behind the use of the glitch/techno style was that Christopher (the book and play's principal character) seeks solace in maths, computers, machines.. things he can understand and control. He especially likes prime numbers, something that was a building block of the score."

Composed with prime number sequences in mind, the music has a fresh, alert, engaging lightness of touch that sparkles with the hidden energy of data ricocheting around a computer's innards to produce something immediate and meaningful. With a sense of playfulness far removed from the high drama of War Horse, the score for Curious Incident draws on contemporary popular music to create a subtly intricate, sensory and surprisingly tender response to narrative while rooted solidly in character.

Mark Haddon's novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time was originally published in 2003 and has sold more than two million copies. It won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and 16 other literary awards around the world.

Fifteen-year-old Christopher is suspected of killing his neighbour's dog. Although ill-equipped to deal with everyday life, he detests being touched, distrusts strangers and has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road. He decides to turn detective despite his father's objections, solve the murder mystery and detail his investigations in a book. Here, we begin to see a different side to a boy possessed of a photographic memory and exceptional ability in maths and science who is about to embark on a frightening journey that threatens to turn his world upside down.


Adrian Sutton


Simon Stephens


Marianne Elliott

"A beautiful, eloquent, dazzlingly inventive show about the wonders of life."
Evening Standard

"Adrian Sutton's soundtrack adds a very special extra dimension to this offbeat tale of a very unusual boy, a garden fork and a dead dog."

" incredible score.."

"Poignant music by Adrian Sutton."
Evening Standard

"A perfect playground for Finn Ross's inspired video projections and Paule Constable's light show, which at times, with Adrian Sutton's soundscape, feels like a shock and awe approach to delving into the wonders and fears of Christopher's singular mind."

"The drama is accompanied by an ambient, electronic soundtrack from Adrian Sutton, comprising computer bleeps, bloops and glitches that's at once technological and emotive."