“a company at the forefront of testing the nature of theatre” The Guardian

imitating the dog (ITD) has been creating and touring original performance work since 1998.  Pete Brooks, Andrew Quick and Simon Wainwright are the Artistic Directors and their work has built a company with a unique reputation in the UK, Europe and internationally.



imitating the dog creates outstanding work that challenges and connects with audiences, tests theatrical conventions and brings high-end design, technical and thematic ambition to audiences at small and medium-scales.

Learning is at the heart of the company’s ethos. The company initiates, tests and shares its creative process and technological expertise with students, practitioners and community groups through its extensive and focused education programme.

Regular collaborators with the company include Designer, Laura Hopkins, Alice Booth and a core-performing ensemble including Morven Macbeth, Laura Atherton, Anna Wilson-Hall and Matt Prendergast.

imitating the dog productions have toured throughout the UK including West Yorkshire Playhouse, Warwick Arts Centre, The Lowry, Manchester, Theatre Royal, Winchester, the Northcott Theatre, Exeter, Mayfest, Bristol, and Theatre Royal, York. In Europe the company have been invited to perform at the Made in Britain Festival in Saint-Etienne, France, and have also toured to Germany, Poland, Italy, Bulgaria, Armenia, The Ukraine, and Georgia and also in Brazil, Beirut Spring Festival, Lebanon and Taiwan. The British Council showcased the company’s work at the Edinburgh Festival in 2011 and 2013 with The Zero Hour which will be visiting Batumi, Georgia in summer 2014.

Imitating the Dog also collaborate as creative partners and designers for special projects.   Recent work includes concept and projection design for Soul Sister in the West End, The Hound of the Baskervilles for Oldham Coliseum and The Life & Times of Mitchell & Kenyon and The Mist in the Mirror for Oldham Coliseum and The Dukes, In May, a chamber opera with Neil Hannon (The Divine Comedy) & Matt Fenton (Live at LICA) and Seabreeze at Morecambe’s Winter Gardens for LICA.

imitating the dog is funded by the Arts Council of England and supported by LICA (Lancaster Institute of Contemporary Arts) and Central Saint Martin’s School of Arts and Design, London.