Lancaster Academic wins National Theatre Award 2022

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Professor Andrew Quick's theatre company, imitating the dog, won the 'Best Design' category for Laura Hopkins (Projection) and Simon Wainwright's (Video Design) depiction of Dracula: The Untold Story at Leeds Playhouse.

The Awards, which are the only UK-wide awards to honour and celebrate outstanding achievements in theatre throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, returned after a two-year Covid break.

Dracula: The Untold Story is set on New Year’s Eve, 1965, in London, England. Just before midnight, as revellers celebrate the beginning of another year, a young woman enters Marylebone Police Station and confesses to a brutal murder.

She claims to be Mina Harker, the last living survivor of the intrepid group that witnessed Count Dracula’s destruction 70 years before. But Mina Harker has not been seen since 1901. And if she was alive, she would be ninety years old.

As Mina confesses to events that are much more terrifying than in the original, she retells the events of Bram Stoker’s classic novel. She claims it’s the true story. The untold story. And she must tell it now, before sunrise, before it’s too late, before…

Unfolding on stage as a live graphic novel, Dracula: The Untold Story is a chilling new version of the classic gothic vampire tale that you thought you knew so well.

Using the latest digital technologies imitating the dog engages with the dark landscape of the gothic with a renewed energy and political insight.

Fresh from their critically acclaimed adaptations of Heart of Darkness and Night of the Living Dead (TM) REMIX and 123 years after its publication, imitating the dog take Bram Stoker’s seminal gothic novel as the starting place for their radical exploration of our fascination with the most enduring manifestation of evil in literature and cinema.

Book your tickets or watch at home, here. WARNING: Recommended Age 14+

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