Multiplatform theatre-makers of rare ambition and invention
The Guardian on imitating the dog
Inspired by Mary Shelley’s novel
Remember, that I am thy creature; l ought to be thy Adam; but I am rather the fallen angel…
A storm gathers outside as a couple pack up a room. Clothes and toys are carefully stored away in boxes and bags. Lightning flashes. Picking up a book, the woman reads aloud. It’s a story about ambition and playing God, and about what happens when we bring new life into the world. It’s also about rejection, horror and revenge. It’s the story of Frankenstein.
As the couple confront their own fears, they re-create a version of Frankenstein that erupts into life as everyday objects are transformed into glaciers, a ship at sea, a dissecting room, a house on fire…
The latest adaptation in a series of Gothic texts, imitating the dog and Leeds Playhouse’s multimedia exploration of Mary Shelley’s classic novel is a psychological thriller which dares to ask the question – what is it to be human?
A modern work of art
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About imitating the dog
“[imitating the dog’s] three artistic co-directors, Pete Brooks, Andrew Quick and Simon Wainwright, magicking together technology and live performance, create spectacular, innovative theatre, as dramatically forceful and thought-provoking as it is entertaining.” Clare Brennan, The Guardian (2021)
imitating the dog (ITD) have been creating and touring original and ground-breaking performance work for theatres and other spaces since 1998. The company are currently celebrating 25 years of ITD!
Pete Brooks (director), Andrew Quick (writer) and Simon Wainwright (video design) are our Artistic Directors, and their creative work has built a company with a popular and critical reputation in the UK, Europe and internationally.
About Leeds Playhouse
Leeds Playhouse has been one of the UK’s leading producing theatres for more than 50 years. It is an award-winning theatre and a cultural hub, a place where people gather to tell and share stories and engage in world class theatre. Its warm welcome was recently recognised at the UK Theatre Awards, where it was named Most Welcoming Theatre 2022. It makes work which is pioneering and relevant, seeking out the best companies and artists to create inspirational theatre in the heart of Yorkshire.