Hotel Methuselah

imitating the dog


imitating the dog devise performances that experiment with the role of story-telling and narrative in a contemporary theatrical context. Through the innovative combination of digital media, design and physical performance, the company creates off-kilter worlds within which public and private obsessions – identity, death, love and sexuality – are explored. Made in close collaboration with associate artists (in this case the highly-respected theatre maker Pete Brooks) their highly visual and technological productions represent a unique and sometimes disorientating experience for the spectator.

Hotel Methuselah is a contemporary ghost story exploring our fears around mortality, sexuality and responsibility. Set in a hotel in a city somewhere in Europe that’s in the throes of war, the show charts amnesiac night porter Harry’s search to uncover the forgotten truth of his past and his path to eventual self-disintegration. The action is viewed through a six-metre wide aperture in a real rather than imagined ‘fourth wall' which physically separates the stage from the auditorium and creates the illusion that the audience is watching a wide-screen 'live' film. With the performers' bodies only revealed disjointedly from knee to neck, images projected behind them provide the only details of the characters' faces and the hotel's interior.


In the press

"Headily ambitious technically and visually a treat" The Guardian

"A company at the forefront of testing the nature of theatre" The Guardian

Production details

  • Devisor

    Andrew Quick with the company
  • Director

    Pete Brooks, Andrew Quick
  • Designer

    Laura Hopkins
  • Number of people on stage

  • Number of people in touring company

  • Freight


    Luton van (3.5 tonne)

  • Touring Availability

  • Scale of venue

    Unconventional Space
  • Minimum performance space

    11.5m x 10m
  • Text-based

    Dense (important for audiences to have a good understanding of English)
  • Also contains:

    Sexually Explicit Material, Strong Language, Violence

In Edinburgh

  • Venue

    Summerhall, 1 Summerhall, Edinburgh, EH9 1QH
  • Production dates

    19 – 26 AUGUST
  • Production times

    1045 – 1200, 1245 – 1400, 1445 – 1600
  • Duration

    75 MINS
  • Audience capacity



Additional productions

Kellerman, 6 Degrees Below the Horizon