Look what’s on stage this Halloween at the Everyman and Playhouse Theatres
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Two bold pieces of live theatre using digital technology visit Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse theatres this autumn, as the theatres welcome the Halloween season into their venues, alongside some thrilling Halloween treats downstairs at the Everyman.
At the Playhouse, the timeless tale of Dracula is given a refreshing revamp by theatre company imitating the dog and the Everyman welcomes H G Wells’ classic The War of the Worlds into an era of fake news, by Rhum and Clay Theatre.
Following their productions of Heart of Darkness and Night of the Living Dead that visited in 2018 and 2019, imitating the dog present Dracula: The Untold Story at the Playhouse. imitating the dog take Bram Stoker’s novel and engage with the dark landscape of the gothic, with renewed energy and political insight. Using digital technologies, the production unfolds like a graphic novel on stage. Dracula: The Untold Story visits the Playhouse from Tuesday 12 October to Saturday 16 October.
The Everyman hosts a stage adaptation The War of the Worlds inspired by H G Wells’ sci-fi novel and Orson Welles’ classic radio play, which caused hysteria when it was broadcast to the public. Rhum and Clay Theatre Company cleverly re-imagine the story of the provocative radio play into the 21st century.
In a world of Fake News, this production of The War of the Worlds replaces the radio with the internet as an outlet to make sense of the world. The production visits the Everyman from Tuesday 19 October to Saturday 23 October.
Downstairs at the Everyman, Filla Crack presents Filla Crack’s Halloween Drag Cabaret on Friday 29 October and on Saturday 30 October, a chilling Halloween special murder mystery by DBY Interactive as Jack’s Back takes audiences into the dark streets of Victorian London.
The theatre have also created a new piece of digital work called Told… that will have audiences hiding behind their sofas at home, this Halloween. Working alongside local collective The Coach House to create three short stories, the free-to-view digital horror short is part of a long-term goal of the theatres’ to broaden how they tell stories to reach new audiences within our communities.
Mark Da Vanzo, chief executive at Liverpool & Merseyside Theatres Trust, said:
“We are delighted to be welcoming theatre company imitating the dog back to the Playhouse this October, and introducing Rhum and Clay Theatre Company to our audiences at the Everyman. Both companies take an innovative approach to theatre making, using digital technologies to bring stories to life, and we cannot wait to see Dracula: The Untold Story and The War of the Worlds on our stages.
“Our digital horror short series Told… delves into the supernatural stories of Liverpool and it’s something we are really excited to share with audiences. Topped off with Filla Crack’s Halloween Drag Cabaret and Jack’s Back, a chilling murder mystery by DBY Interactive, the treats do not stop coming this Halloween at the Everyman and Playhouse!”