imitating the dog and Leeds Playhouse are co-producing Night of The Living Dead – Remix. It’s a unique shot-for-shot recreation of the 1968 zombie movie.
Night of The Living Dead began as a low-budget, independent horror film, telling the tale of seven strangers who take refuge from flesh-eating ghouls in an isolated farmhouse. 51 years later, performers take to the stage with a rail of costumes, a box of props and some cameras. Their mission is to recreate the film, shot-for-shot, right in front of the audience. They have to be resourceful, using whatever they can in the struggle with 1,076 edits in 95 minutes. There’s no guarantee that their combined skill and ingenuity will succeed.
imitating the dog, digital theatre masters, remake and remix to create a version which we might see as a parable for today’s world. It combines humour with terror, joy with excitement. It is provocative and respectful of Romero’s vision of the breakdown of society and the end of the American dream, whilst delivering the message about understanding the past to avoid repeating it.
Russ Streiner, who produced and appeared as Johnny in the original 1968 George A. Romero film of Night of the Living Dead™ said: “Before Night Of The Living Dead™ became the classic film it is, it started as a collection of ideas and story points; story points that are timeless in their reflection of the human condition. The common link between Image Ten (long ago) ,imitating the dog and Leeds Playhouse (today) is a genuine love of the productions we present to the public and we are absolutely thrilled that they have teamed up to present their own authorized fresh and exciting retelling of the story that began over 50 years ago for us.
This retelling goes back to the roots of where “Night” started with experimental ideas and a new imagining of the story – this time coupled with the dynamic of live actors performing to a live audience.”
24 January – 15 February – Leeds Playhouse
18-22 February (no performance on 20th) – Liverpool Playhouse
2 & 3 March – Brewery Arts Centre
10 – 11 March – Nottingham Playhouse
18- 21 March HOME, Manchester
Directed by Andrew Quick and Pete Brooks. Projection and Video Designs by Simon Wainwright
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD ™ – REMIX is presented by courtesy of Image Ten, Inc.
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