The Living Dead to rise again
1 December 2019
Reporter: David Upton
Imitating the dog joins forces with Leeds Playhouse to stage a shot-for-shot stage recreation of George A Romero’s classic 1968 zombie movie Night of The Living Dead.
The original started out as a low-budget independent horror movie telling the story of seven strangers taking refuge from flesh-eating ‘ghouls’ in an isolated farmhouse.
50 years on, seven performers enter the stage armed with cameras, a box of props and a rail of costumes. Can they recreate the ground-breaking film, shot-for-shot, using whatever they can lay their hands on? With 1,076 edits in 95 minutes?
In their stage production, imitating the dog creates a love song to the original 1960s film, a remaking and remixing which attempts to understand the past in order not to have to repeat it. Their version plans to be in turns humorous, terrifying, thrilling, thought-provoking and joyous but, above all, a parable for our own complex times.
The production is backed by the producers of the 1968 film.
North of England dates:
- January 24–February 15: Leeds Playhouse
- February 18–22 (no performance on 20th): Liverpool Playhouse
- March 2 & 3: Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal
- March 18–21: HOME, Manchester