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An imitating the dog and Leeds Playhouse co-production
Dr Blood’s Old Travelling Show 9 October 2020 to 10 October 2020
Dr Blood’s Old Travelling Show 9 October 2020 to 10 October 2020




Friday 9 & Saturday 10 October 2020

7.30pm & 8.30pm

£5 per person


Every town has its secrets. Are you prepared for yours to be revealed?

Why did the local mayor die such a terrible death? Who poisoned the communion wine? Why do Mrs Atkinson’s humbugs taste so strangely delicious?

Roll up, roll up, for a slice of theatre that you’ll never forget… no matter how hard you try! Welcome to Dr Blood’s Old Travelling Show.

Imitating the dog apply their innovative story telling skills to create a deliciously dark tale of mischief and immorality. Drawing on horror movies and the traditions of carnival and medicine shows, Dr Blood and his motley crew tell a tale of the price paid for pursuing ambition, hypocrisy and greed. Set in a mythical North; and made for these strange times of lockdown, imitating the dog bring all their theatrical and technical acumen to this unique outdoor entertainment.



Tickets are £5 per person.

Tickets available from 10am on Friday 18 September.

To book a ticket please email us here.

All tickets must be pre-booked in advance to allow us to register audience members and manage the event according to Covid19 safety guidelines.

A maximum of 6 tickets for one household per transaction will be allowed in line with the current Covid19 guidance.



Friday 9 October 7.30pm

 Friday 9 October 8.30pm

Saturday 10 October 7.30pm  

Saturday 10 October 8.30pm



If you exhibit any of the signs of Covid19 before or on the day of the performance you are planning to attend, you must not attend the performance or venue. Please contact the Box Office as soon as possible.

For Covid19 Track and Trace guidelines, the venue needs to be able to contact at least one person from each booking in case there is a need to share information with public health track & trace system.

Appropriate checks will be made on your arrival at the venue. These may include checks of your temperature, contact details, tickets and hand sanitisation. 

The audience will be limited in numbers. The outdoor performance space is large enough to accommodate the limited capacity audience and ensure each individual audience member or household group attending have room to observe social distancing rules.

Venue staff will be in attendance to manage audience movement and ensure Covid19 secure measures are being observed at all times.

Essential Information

Duration: 30 minutes

Recommended for ages 14+

Warning: Some Bad Language; Scary & Bawdy Content; Loud Noises; Flashing Imagery (not stroboscopic)

Please arrive 30 minutes ahead of the performance start time to allow sufficient time to follow Covid19 safety guidelines and have tickets checked.

This is an outdoor, all-weather experience and audiences will be standing.


Captioning of all live and voiceover dialogue will be provided at each performance via the smartphone application - The Difference Engine. Please download the app in advance.

The Difference Engine enables audiences to receive captions on their own mobile devices (smartphones / tablets) via a free app, at events using the Difference Engine system.

The Difference Engine App for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch is now available on the App Store (for iOS version 7.1 and above).  If you have an Android device, you can find The Difference Engine App on the Google Play Store. 

A short instructional video on how to use the Difference Engine can be found here.

Devices running older versions of Android or iOS, or other operating systems (like Windows Phone), can still receive Difference Engine captions by using the web browser. Simply follow these instructions when you are at the event.

Supported by
The Piece Hall heritage regeneration project is also supported by Garfield Weston Foundation and The Wolfson Foundation.
The Piece Hall is independently managed by The Piece Hall Trust, a registered charity, number 1156948. Registered in England and Wales, number 08906735.
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