Think Apocalypse Now meets The Road meets Double Indemnity.

imitating the dog

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Written more than 100 years ago, Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness is a tale of lies and brutal greed and of the dark heart which beats within us all. Now re-sited in a forsaken Europe, lost to the destructive lust for power, it emerges as a tale absolutely for our time.

Acclaimed theatre makers imitating the dog's bold re-telling of the Conrad classic is a visually rich, multi-layered work which fuses live performance with digital technology.

Reimagined for the 21st Century, imitating the dog transform Joseph Conrad’s classic into a graphic novel style road movie. Using green screen, video and live actors the show is a multi-sensory experience following private detective Marlow, now an African woman, on her journey across a post-apocalyptic Europe, searching out the leader of one of the many autonomous camps that have sprung up after a devastating war.

A tale of lies and brutal greed, it is a voyage into the perilous unknown. Featuring footage from Apocalypse Now, contrasted with real-life news and documentary images, this is a world where cinema and theatre collide, creating a show like no other.

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

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“Cinematic and ambitious” The Stage

“radical in every way” The Time

“Dark and compelling” The Reviews Hub

Behind The Scenes

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Heart of Darkness - Rehearsals


Defacing Heart of Darkness: new plays tear down Conrad's colonialist tale. The Guardian


Northern Stage is fully accessible. The theatre has three lifts providing access to all parts of the building, including the accessible toilets, baby changing facilities, stages 2 & 3 and the backstage area. Buggy parking is available. To discuss any access needs, take a look at our access page or please call our Box Office on 0191 230 5151.