George A Romero’s 1968 cult classic Night Of The Living Dead will be recreated shot-for-shot at HOME Manchester in a co-production between imitating the dog and Leeds Playhouse.
The movie, a low-budget independent zombie horror film telling the story of seven strangers taking refuge from flesh-eating ghouls in a deserted farmhouse, has become one of the most enduring cult classics and inspirational films of its genre.
Now seven performers will recreate the film at HOME Manchester. The production is directed by imitating the dog’s co-artistic directors Andrew Quick and Pete Brooks who bring Night of the Living Dead – Remix to life. It comes to HOME Manchester as part of an extensive national tour. Armed with cameras, a box of props, and a rail of costumes, can the cast 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.
Speaking about the production, Andrew Quick commented, “Looking at the state of the world today it seems so appropriate that we are going back to this seminal story, the original zombie movie. It’s amazing how scary and relevant Romero’s 60s vision still seems.”
The cast features Laura Atherton (A Farewell To Arms, imitating the dog); Morgan Bailey (Heart of Darkness, imitating the dog, and In the Dark); Luke Bigg (Yes/No/Maybe, UK tour); William James Holstead (The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Lowry); Morven Macbeth (Opening Skinner’s Box, Improbable, and the hit TV series Outlander); Matt Prendergast (The Train, imitating the dog) and Adela Rajnovic (Who They Were, Etcetera Theatre). The production’s creative team features design by Laura Hopkins (Black Watch and Peter Pan, National Theatre of Scotland; The Divide, Edinburgh International Festival and The Old Vic); projection and video design by Simon Wainwright (The Kid Stays in the Picture, Royal Court); lighting by Andrew Crofts (Trash Cuisine, Belarus Free Theatre and The Young Vic); and original music composed by James Hamilton.
When does Night of the Living Dead – Remix run at HOME Manchester?
Night of the Living Dead – Remix runs at HOME Manchester from 18-21 March 2020.