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  • The Company

  • Alfred Hickling, The Guardian

    "imitating the dog is not only a company without imitators, it is currently without peer"

  • Clare Brennan, The Observer

    "imitating the dog is still, to me, one of the UK’s most interesting companies"

  • The Guardian

    “multiplatform theatre-makers of rare ambition and invention”


imitating the dog have been making ground-breaking work for theatres and other spaces for 20 years. Our work has been seen across the world, and we have made work for outdoor festivals and events, seen by hundreds of thousands of people.

As a company, we are most interested in telling stories. We create beautiful, memorable images for audiences, and the work fuses live performance with digital technology, in order to serve the story in the best possible way. The work is always fresh and often surprising. We take risks.

We make work for touring to mid-scale theatres as well as studio productions. We want to tell stories which are important and which contain important ideas. Sometimes this is an adaptation of a classic novel or a film, and at other times it might be a new story, devised by the company. We also make large-scale sited video-mapped projects, but always with a story to tell. In 2018, our piece Arrivals & Departures was part of the opening events for Hull’s year as City of Culture.

The core creative team are the three co-artistic directors: Andrew, Simon and Pete. They work very regularly with a number of key associate artists.

In addition to the theatre and festivals work, imitating the dog deliver a year-round creative learning programme, including workshops and residencies in schools, colleges, universities and community settings, alongside productions, and an annual international skills exchange, aimed at developing and sharing digital technology skills for live performance with our peers in the UK and beyond.

Read more about the people who make up imitating the dog here.

From April 2018, we became part of Arts Council England’s National portfolio, and are proud to be contributing to the UK’s cultural ecology, and representing the UK when we take our work to other parts of the world.