The actor chatted to LLLC about bringing George A Romero’s filmNight of the Living Dead to the stage.

(c) Claire Bilard.

Hi, thank you so much for talking to me. For those who aren’t familiar with the film – what is Night of the Living Dead all about? It’s about a group of strangers who one by one become stuck in a house in rural Pennsylvania in 1968 in the midst of the zombie apocalypse. Chaos and plenty of zombies ensue.

What can audiences expect from this production? Shock, horror, gore and lots and lots of comedy.

If people are slightly nervous about coming along why should they give Night of the Living Dead Live a go? To watch your mates get scared. Just be sure not to sit in the splatter zone; not unless you’re very brave.

Could you tell me a bit more about your character? I play Chief McClelland, the local head of law enforcement trying his best to keep the ghoulish menace under control, though not always successfully.

How do you feel about being part of bringing George A Romero’s film to the stage? His film is a classic and it’s a great privilege to be able to bring the piece to life, even if the stage adaptation takes the original story down a lighter yet bloodier path.

What made you want to be part of the production? Being a founding member of Mischief Theatre, comedy is in my bones. I was drawn to the zombie-comedy genre and slapstick nature of the show. Who doesn’t love a random fake-blood zombie attack?

What are you most looking forward to about bringing Night of the Living Dead to the stage? Night of the Living Dead is a classic and a cult hit in its own right. It’s great to take such a well-known piece of cinema and turn it on its undead head on stage.

By Emma Clarendon

Night of the Living Dead Live runs at Pleasance, London from 9 April to 19 May 2019 Tickets available at www.LivingDeadLondon.com

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