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An outdoor, socially distanced performance

An imitating the dog and Leeds Playhouse co-production

Every town has its secrets. Are you prepared for yours to be revealed?

Why did the local mayor die such a terrible death?  Who poisoned the communion wine? Why do Mrs Atkinson’s humbug’s taste so strangely delicious?

As darkness falls three shadowy figures steal into your town. Their old truck mysteriously transforms into a theatre – just the first bit of the evening’s magic.

Stories of wickedness and dark deeds start to unfold…

Roll up, roll up, for a slice of theatre that you’ll never forget… no matter how hard you try!

Welcome to Dr Blood’s Old Travelling Show.

imitating the dog apply their innovative story telling skills to create a deliciously dark tale of mischief and immorality. Drawing on horror movies and the traditions of carnival and medicine shows, Dr Blood and his motley crew tell a tale of the price paid for pursuing ambition, hypocrisy and greed. Set in a mythical ‘North’ and made for these strange times of lockdown, imitating the dog bring all their theatrical and technical acumen to this unique outdoor entertainment.


7th & 8th October – Leeds Playhouse

9th & 10th October – The Piece Hall, Halifax

17th October – The Lowry, Salford

20th & 21st October – Lancaster Arts

23rd & 24th October – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Download the programme

Dr Blood Programme (PRINT)

Dr Blood Programme (PRINT)

Download the printable programme

Dr Blood Programme (SCREEN)

Dr Blood Programme (SCREEN)

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Dr Blood Programme (B&W)

Dr Blood Programme (B&W)

Download the ink-saver (B&W) programme

This is an outdoor, all-weather experience

The show lasts approx 30 minutes

Audiences will be standing*

Suitable for ages 14+

Captioning through the ‘Difference Engine’ app available at all performances.

Production includes flashing imagery (not stroboscopic) and loud noises

*The space is fully accessible including mobility tools. Please advise at time of booking if seating,  mobility tool or wheelchair space is required


Co-Director and Writer – Andrew Quick

Co-Director and Writer – Pete Brooks

Video Designer – Simon Wainwright

Esheth – Laura Atherton

Elua – Keicha Greenidge

Dr Blood – Matt Prendergast

Lighting Designer – Andrew Crofts

Set & Costume Design – Laura Hopkins

Composer – James Hamilton

Model Creator and Designer – Matthew Tully

ITD Executive Director – Julie Brown

Stage Manager – Denise Body

Production Manager  – Andrew Crofts

Video Systems Advisor  – Alan Cox

Sound Engineer  – Rory Howson

Wardrobe Supervisor – Sally Holland

Learning & Access Officer – Laurence Young

Associate Practitioner – Morven Macbeth

PR Manager – Duncan Clarke

Photographer – Ed Waring

Tour Consultant  – Henrietta Duckworth

Production Filming – Sodium

With thanks to:

Greg Akehurst and the team at Quarantine for the generous loan of equipment.

Tamsin Drury at Word of Warning and Steve Curtis for the generous loan of equipment. Andy Wood, Head Of Scenic Workshop & David Bennion-Pedley, Head of Lighting

The Leeds Playhouse workshop and wardrobe teams. All the staff at Leeds Playhouse. The Dukes, Lancaster for the generous loan of equipment.

All tour venues for their tireless work to support the production and all the new challenges it brings.