One of the UK’s most original and innovative theatre companies will join forces with Leeds Playhouse to recreate a unique shot-for-shot stage recreation of George A. Romero’s classic 1968 zombie movie – Night of The Living Dead™ – for today’s theatre audiences.
Directed by imitating the dog’s co-artistic directors Andrew Quick and Pete Brooks, Night of The Living Dead ™ – Remix will open at Leeds Playhouse from 24 January till 15 February 2020 ahead of a UK tour.
In 1968, Night of the Living Dead started out as a low-budget independent horror movie telling the story of seven strangers taking refuge from flesh eating ghouls in an isolated farmhouse.
Fifty years on, seven performers enter the stage armed with cameras, a box of props and a rail of costumes. Can they recreate the ground-breaking film, shot-for-shot before our eyes, using whatever they can lay their hands on?
With 1,076 edits in 95 minutes, it's a heroic struggle. Success will require wit, skill and ingenuity and is by no means guaranteed.
Romero’s original was an apocalyptic vision of paranoia, the breakdown of community and the end of the American dream. In their new stage production, masters of digital theatre, imitating the dog, create a love-song to the original 1960s film, a remaking and remixing which attempts to understand the past in order not to have to repeat it. Their version is in turns humorous, terrifying, thrilling, thought-provoking and joyous. Above all, in the retelling it becomes a searing parable for our own complex times.