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Heart of Darkness re-work for Dukes

Published: 21 February 2019

Live performance and digital technology combine to present a retelling of a classic novel at Lancaster’s Dukes theatre March 19–23.

Joseph Conrad’s influential and timely novel Heart of Darkness will be staged by digital theatre innovator imitating the dog.

Written more than 100 years ago, Heart of Darkness explored the journey of Conrad’s narrator Charles Marlow travelling up the Congo river in a tale of lies and brutal greed.

Now retold as a journey of a black woman through wartorn Europe, the play explores a landscape lost to the lust for power.

Co-artistic director Pete Brooks is a founder member of imitating the dog along with Lancaster-based Andrew Quick. Their work was last seen in the city at Lancaster Castle in November.

Heart of Darkness is suitable for anyone aged 14 plus.

David Upton