imitating the dog presents
Heart of Darkness

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

Now re-sited in a forsaken Europe, in a world which echoes Apocalypse Now, what emerges is a tale absolutely for our time. The performers enter the stage, into uncharted territory and the story unfolds like an animated Cinemascope graphic novel on the hanging projections screens above their heads.

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

Retold by Andrew Quick
Directed by Pete Brooks
Projection & Video Design by Simon Wainwright
Additonal Design by Laura Hopkins
Lighting Design by Andrew Crofts
Music by Jeremy Peyton Jones

Co-produced with Marche Teatro (Italy) and Cast. Supported by Arts Council England, Lancaster Arts at Lancaster University and Theatre by the Lake.

Note: Contains strong language, violence and adult themes.
Image credit: Ed Waring

Times & Dates

07/03 - 7:45pmBook Tickets
08/03 - 7:45pm
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Ticket Information


Thu: 15 (11) | Fri-Sat: 17 (13)


Concessions are not available for this event

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