The Zero Hour

imitating the dog


Founded in 1998, imitating the dog devises performances that experiment with the role of storytelling and narrative in a contemporary theatrical context. Through the innovative combination of digital media, design and physical performance, the company creates highly visual and technologically advanced productions that challenge theatrical convention and are exciting and testing experiences for their audiences. Often drawing on the aesthetics and fictional techniques of the cinema for its scenographic and thematic inspiration, the company’s overarching aim is to create bold and striking stories that are relevant to contemporary living.

Presented in the company's trademark style, with the actors partially revealed within a ‘wide-screen’ aperture set in a real fourth wall as one element of an elaborate digital panorama, The Zero Hour is the company’s most ambitious production to date. Set in Berlin during the final hours of World War Two, the show explores three potential outcomes of the conflict – involving different alliances between Britain, the Soviet Union and Germany – via the stories of three couples living very different versions of the same events. Framed as a film being made by a famous Chinese director and crew, the show interrogates the processes through which history is constructed, and reminds us that that the narratives handed down through time are not always impartial or complete. 

In the press

"…multi-platform theatre-makers of rare ambition and invention" The Guardian

"...a company at the forefront of testing the nature of theatre" The Guardian

Production details

  • Devisor

    Andrew Quick, Pete Brooks, Simon Wainwright with the company
  • Director

    Andrew Quick, Pete Brooks
  • Designer

    imitating the dog
  • Number of people on stage

  • Number of people in touring company

  • Freight


    3.5 Luton van

  • Touring Availability

    From Autumn 2013
  • Scale of venue

    Small-scale (capacity up to 400),
    Middle-scale (capacity 400-850),
    Large-scale (capacity over 850)
  • Minimum performance space

    14m x 10m
  • Text-based

    Medium (some text with a strong visual/physical element),
    Dense (important for audiences to have a good understanding of English)
  • Also contains:

    Strong Language, Violence

In Edinburgh

  • Venue

    Venue 150 @ EICC, 150 Morrison Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8EE
  • Production dates

    20 – 24 August
  • Production times

    1200 – 1300
  • Duration

    80 MINS
  • Audience capacity



  • Address

    3 Copmanroyd Cottages
    LS21 2EU
  • Email
  • Contact for touring

    Simon Wainwright
    Tel: +44 (0)7946 544749

Additional productions

6 Degrees Below the Horizon, Hotel Methuselah, Kellerman