Full casting announced for the UK stage premiere of Heart of Darkness


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Full casting announced for the UK stage premiere of Heart of Darkness

imitating the dog, one of the UK’s most original and innovative performance theatre companies are delighted to announce full casting for the UK stage premiere for their bold retelling of Joseph Conrad’s extraordinarily influential and timely novel – Heart of Darkness.

The production’s ensemble will feature Laura Atherton (A Farewell To Arms, imitating the dog); Msimisi Dlamini (Soul Sister, West End and UK Tour; Spanish Tragedy, Arcola Theatre and Butterfly Lion, Curve Theatre Leicester); Keicha Greenidge (In The Club, Bafta winning Three Girls and From Darkness, all BBC); Morven Macbeth (A Farewell To Arms, imitating the dog; Bring The Happy, Invisible Flock and Opening Skinner’s Box, Improbable) and Matt Prendergast (The Train, imitating the dog).

Following on from their popular and critically acclaimed adaptation in 2014 of Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell To Arms, imitating the dog will stage an exploration of Conrad’s classic novel filled with visually rich, multi-layered work that fuses live performance and digital technology.

Written more than 100 years ago, amid the optimism at the turn of a new century, Heart of Darkness, which explored the journey of Conrad’s narrator Charles Marlow travelling up the Congo river into the Congo Free State in the heart of Africa, is a tale of lies and brutal greed and of the dark heart which beats within us all. Now retold as the journey of a black woman through war torn Europe, the play explores a forsaken landscape lost to the destructive lust for power and emerges as a tale absolutely for our time.

Negotiating race, gender and the themes of exploitation, violence and nationalism, imitating the dog’s Heart of Darkness is a searing parable for our times, created at a moment when versions of Britain’s colonial past are being held up as a golden era and when our relationship to Europe is being severely tested.

Co-directed by imitating the dog’s co-founders Pete Brooks and Andrew Quick, Heart of Darkness will premiere in Italy at Marche Teatro’s Teatro Sperimentale in Ancona and then tour to Aberystwyth Arts Centre (16-17 November) and Birmingham Repertory Theatre (20-24 November). In 2019 the production will tour from March to May to Doncaster, Glasgow, Lancaster, Keswick, Newcastle, York, Ipswich, Salford, Liverpool and Coventry.

For more info visit www.imitatingthedog.co.uk/heart-of-darkness


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1. National press night: Wednesday 21 November at 7.45pm
The STUDIO at the REP, Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Friday 16-Saturday 17 November at 7.30pm – Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Box office: 01970 623232/ www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk

Tuesday 20- Saturday 24 November at 7.45pm (Mat: 20 & 24 November at 2.45pm)
The STUDIO at the REP, Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Box Office 0121 236 4455 / www.birmingham-rep.co.uk

All 2019 venues go on sale later this year

5-6 Mar Cast, Doncaster
Box Office 01302 303 959 / www.castindoncaster.com
7-9 Mar Tron Theatre, Glasgow
Box Office 0141 5524267/ www.tron.co.uk
19-23 Mar The Dukes, Lancaster
Box Office 01524 598500 / www.dukes-lancaster.org
26-31 Mar Theatre by The Lake, Keswick
Box Office 01768 774411 / www.theatrebythelake.com
2-3 April Northern Stage, Newcastle
Box Office:0191 230 5151 / www.northernstage.co.uk
9-10 April York Theatre Royal
Box Office: 01904 623568 / www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk
12-13 April New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich
Box Office: 01473 295900/ www.wolseytheatre.co.uk
16-18 April Lowry, Salford Quays
Box Office 0843 2086000 / www.thelowry.com
1-4 May Liverpool Playhouse
Box Office: Tel 0151 709 4776 / www.everymanplayhouse.com
8-11 May Belgrade Theatre Coventry
Box Office 024 7655 3055/ www.belgrade.co.uk