• Heart Of Darkness

Event Details

Tue 09 Apr - Wed 10 Apr

Time: 7.30pm | Wednesday matinee 2pm

Venue: Main House

Ticket Information: From £15

Age Recommendations: 14+

Book Tickets


Producer: imitating the dog in co-production with Marche Teatro (Italy) and Cast

By: Joseph Conrad and retold by imitating the dog

Adapted and directed by: Andrew Quick and Pete Brooks

Production and video design by: Simon Wainwright

Design by: Laura Hopkins

Lighting Design by: Andrew Crofts

Music by: Jeremy Peyton-Jones

Assistant Costume Designer: Reggie Doherty

Heart Of Darkness

Following the popular and critically acclaimed adaptation of Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms, imitating the dog turn their attention to Joseph Conrad’s extraordinarily influential novel, Heart of Darkness.

Written more than 100 years ago, amid the optimism at the turn of a new century, it’s a tale of lies and brutal greed and of the dark heart which beats within us all. Now re-sited in a timeless Europe, in a forsaken landscape lost to the destructive lust for power, it emerges as a tale absolutely for our time.

This bold re-telling of Conrad’s classic is a visually rich, multi-layered work which fuses live performance with digital technology.

The performers enter the stage, into uncharted territory. They are adrift with a story that they know they must tell. As they wait for the turn of the tide, the story unfolds like an animated Cinemascope graphic novel on the hanging projections screens above their heads.

Their story is Conrad’s story, of the voyage into the perilous unknown. And, as we continue the journey, it becomes our story, exposing the dehumanisation that paved the way for the horrors of the 20th Century, and countless horrors yet to come.

The heart of darkness must be found. The story is impossible to tell, but it must be told.

“imitating the dog is not only a company without imitators, it is currently without peer.” - The Guardian

"An example of how the best theatre, in many different ways, always holds a mirror up to the world we inhabit." - Morning Star   

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Captioned: Tuesday 09 April, 7.30pm