Following A Farewell to Arms (2014) and The Train (2016), imitating the dog’s attention returns to the mid twentieth century and on this occasion the world of Cold War espionage. It is an imagined landscape we know well from the novels of John le Carré and Len Deighton, particularly Michael Caine’s iconic working class anti hero Harry Palmer. Edward Woodward’s Callan, made for television in the 1960s and early 70s, also casts a shadow.

Three performers on stage appear to provide the voice and soundtrack to a film being projected onto a screen above them. It is a 1950s spy thriller set in Berlin and London. At first the relationship between the two media seems straightforward, but gradually it becomes unclear whether the film is following the live performers or vice versa. As the live performers appear to go off script the film performers are forced to steer the narrative in increasingly bizarre directions in order to keep the film action and the live sound unified and coherent.

This is a startlingly unique and explorative work’

★★★★ Fringe Guru 

‘…unsettling and thrilling to watch’

The Scotsman

‘Cleverly staged, the attention to detail in this piece of work is outstanding’

British Theatre Guide 

Part of Top Picks and What To See At The Edinburgh Fringe Festival (The Independent, The Guardian, The Stage, Vogue UK)


£16.50 (£14.50 concessions)

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Running time

70 minutes

Age recommendation and content advisory

Age recommendation 14+

There is some mild swearing and very occasional use of stronger language. There is a filmed sex scene with some partial nudity on film, although the characters are wearing underwear.