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Dr Blood’s Old Travelling Show

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.


Leeds Playhouse

7th & 8th October 2020

The Piece Hall, Halifax

9th & 10th Oct 2020

The Lowry, Salford

17th Oct 2020

Lancaster Arts

20th & 21st Oct 2020

Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

23rd & 24th Oct 2020


  • Co-Director and Writer – Andrew Quick
  • Co-Director and Writer – Pete Brooks
  • Video Designer – Simon Wainwright
  • Lighting Designer – Andrew Crofts
  • Set & Costume Design – Laura Hopkins
  • Composer – James Hamilton
  • Model Creator and Designer – Matthew Tully
  • ITD Executive Director – Julie Brown
  • ITD Executive Director – Julie Brown
  • 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
  • Thanks to Greg Akehurst and the team at Quarantine for the generous loan of equipment.
  • Thanks to Tamsin Drury at Word of Warning and Steve Curtis for the generous loan of equipment.
  • Thanks to Andy Wood, Head Of Scenic Workshop & David Bennion-Pedley, Head of Lighting
  • Thanks to The Leeds Playhouse workshop and wardrobe teams and all the staff at Leeds Playhouse.
  • Thanks to The Dukes, Lancaster for the generous loan of equipment.
  • Huge thanks to all tour venues for their tireless work to support the production and all the new challenges it brings.


  • Esheth – Laura Atherton
  • Elua – Keicha Greenidge
  • Dr Blood – Matt Prendergast

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