Neurodiversity hands autistic actor his big break in Curious Incident tour

Connor Curren has landed the lead role of the National Theatre tour of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. This is the first time the production has featured an actor with autism in the lead role.

He plays Christopher Boone, a 15 year old mathematics ‘genius’ who struggles with social cues and interaction and who is generally understood to be on the autistic spectrum. The play follows him on a journey as he tries to make sense of the world around him.

Growing up, Connor loved performing, and wanted to pursue a career in acting but never saw actors like him on stage or screen but is now set to inspire the next generation.

In a casting notice, the National said it feels it’s important the role is played by someone with lived experience of neurodivergence.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is currently playing at Wembley’s Troubador Theatre, before starting a UK tour in January 2022.

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