imitating the dog


imitating the dog makes highly innovative theatre that interweaves beautiful imagery with important ideas, moves audiences intellectually and emotionally, and sets new standards for the integration of live performance and digital technology. The company works in numerous contexts – ranging from original devised theatre, adaptations of classical texts, opera and musical theatre to projection mapping, video design, academic research and collaboration with the commercial sector - to create cutting-edge transmedial experiences for its audiences.

Set during the height of the Cold War, Nocturnes is a twisted take on a spy story that asks questions about how we understand what’s real, and what our actions mean in this ‘post-truth’ era. Two operatives in a Berlin apartment in the Russian Zone await instructions. As time passes, their relationship to each other and to the orders they receive from their superiors falls apart. Performed on what appears to be a film soundstage, with actors voicing a film they can’t see and never acknowledge, Nocturnes is a meditation on truth, control and free will.

In the press

"imitating the dog is not only a company without imitators, it is currently without peer" The Guardian

"One of the UK's most interesting companies" The Observer

Production details

  • Writer

    Andrew Quick & Pete Brooks
  • Number of people on stage

  • Number of people in touring company

  • Freight

    Excess baggage

    Projector (standard), projection screen (of any size/colour), table and three chairs (to meet certain basic design specifications) to be sourced locally if possible. Other items can be carried as excess baggage.

  • Touring Availability

    From October 2017
  • Scale of venue

    Small-scale (capacity up to 400)
  • Minimum performance space

    7m x 7m
  • Text-based

    Medium (some text with a strong visual/physical element)
  • Also contains:

    Nudity, Sexually Explicit Material, Strong Language, Violence

In Edinburgh

  • Venue

  • Production dates

    21-26 AUGUST
  • Production times

  • Duration

    70 MINs
  • Audience capacity




The company offers a full workshop programme of residencies as well as a series of one-day workshops to accompany the production. These focus on both the technical creation of video-led work and the devising process of the company. This newly developed series of études includes sessions on filmic dramaturgy, systems choreography and post modern narratives. imitating the dog also offer talks/lectures on contemporary transmedial theatre practice.