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The National Theatre’s performance of The Curious Incident of The Dog In The Night-Time on Saturday June 22nd was highly anticipated. This is not just because the play won seven Olivier awards this year, but because the performance was a significant indication of how much the experience of going to the theatre could change for autism sufferers in the future.

As we all remember from our own childhood, children’s tales traditionally have a theme embedded. A ‘moral of the story’ continued throughout, which firmly gets the message in place. Don’t fib, don’t be unkind, don’t talk to strangers etc. etc. Fast forward to secondary school and the literature is likely to have a similarly distinct message; respect yourself; stay away from drugs etc.

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