If there is one thing we need to alleviate the mood during a global pandemic which has threatened to wipe out the world’s population it is a good horror show!

Leeds Playhouse and imitating the dog have got together to stage a ‘raucous and deliciously dark new tale’, Dr Blood’s Old Travelling Show. It has been written and directed by imitating the dog’s Co-artistic Directors Andrew Quick and Pete Brooks and will be performed outside Leeds Playhouse on Playhouse Square on 7th and 8th October before touring until 24th October.

The work is part of Leeds Playhouse’s Reopening Season designed safely to reintroduce audiences to live theatre.

I saw Night of the Living Dead – Remix, a Leeds Playhouse and imitating the dog co-production back in January which was a very inventive piece and brilliantly executed. I am sure that this will be as good as it also draws on classic horror movies as well as carnival and medicine shows. This outdoor live theatre experience is set in a mythical ‘North’ and is a tale of mischief, immorality, ambition, hypocrisy and greed – something for all the family then.

After its Leeds performances the work will go on tour with all ticket proceeds going to support the tour venues during lockdown.

Bookings should be made direct to the venues which are:

7th and 8th October, Leeds Playhouse. Available from Thursday, 17th September


9th and 10th October, Piece Hall, Halifax. Available from Friday, 18th September


17th October, The Lowry, Salford. Available from Friday, 18th September


20th and 21st October, Lancaster Square, Lancaster Arts. Check website for details


23rd and 24th October, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry Available from Friday, 18th September


For full tour details please go to https://arts-mail.com/2YIG-12RQ6-7AAYQM-OFS22-1/c.aspx

Image supplied by Leeds Playhouse

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