I have seen the performance on five occasions with different Christopher's. I feel that Abram Rooney does not get the credit that he deserves. He has clearly mastered his brief and his performance reflects this. On each occasion that I have seen him perform he has developed the character and brings.
Specifically, he plays the part with the appropriate energy which allows the audience to empathise not only with his character but those of the other protagonists.. From the very first scene when Christopher examines that dead dog, the audience is able to see the sense of curiosity and wonderment with which Christopher views the dog.
When interacting with the other protagonists the audience is able to effortlessly portray Christopher's detachment from the other protagonists and in doing so highlights the difficulties that he faces and the frustration that those around him experience. When Christopher is distressed he plays the part with an appropriate level of energy that his wholly believable.
This is not to say that the performance is a one man show - far from it. The other protagonists create an ensemble that are trying to make sense of Christopher. Initially, when I watched the performance I thought it was about Christopher and how he reacted to those around him. It began to dawn on me that it more about how the others react to him.
Reverend Peter's (Tony Turner) admirably attempts to explain the whereabouts of Heaven to Christopher and you are left feeling that they are talking on different levels. The Tube assistant (Vivienne Acheampong) believes that she is being mocked when Christopher asks her a literal question and imitates her accent. These are just two examples that show not only the difficulties experienced by Christopher but the frustrations and the challenges and lack of understanding experienced by those around Christopher.
The lightening, music and set are fantastic. They create both an audible and visual back drop as to give the audience a flavour of what Christopher has to experience.
Finally, but by no ,means least, although not technically part of the stage performance the courtesy and professionalism of Greg and his dedicated team of theatre staff decked out in "I find people confusing tee-shirts" enter into the spirit of the occasion and put the icing on the cake.
Go see - but check Abram Rooney out as the lead and I guarantee you won't be disappointed.