Space Theatre, Thu 7 Sep.
South Australia is the last stop for the shake & stir theatre company, following an extensive tour to 44 different towns across Australia with their gruesome interpretation of Dracula by Bram Stoker. Dracula has had various interpretations in literature, theatre, film and television since its 1897 original Gothic horror novel about Count Dracula from Transylvania and his blood sucking travels to England.
This production is seriously terrifying in a small theatre with intense sound and orchestrations by Guy Webster and startling lighting design by Jason Glenwright. Those squeamish about blood may not enjoy this production with realistic blood gushing out after every steak to the heart or blood sucked from the next victim’s neck. The set is versatile with the middle set of stairs continuously rotating becoming an integral part of the shows action. There is a clear direction for this Dracula to be suspenseful throughout and it stays far away from the ridiculous themes within the story becoming in anyway comical. Overall, it’s bloody fantastic!
Nick Skubij is chilling as the peroxide blond leather Dracula. His voice is deep, sinister and, let’s be honest, a little bit sexy. Nelle Lee as Mina and Adele Querol as Lucy contrasted their sweet, innocent characters well with when they begin to become disturbing, manipulative vampires. Ross Balbuziente as Jack and Michael Wahr as Jonathan ensured the story flowed quickly and engrossed the audience. The standout performance would have to be David Whitney as Renfield and Van Helsing. He commands the stage whenever he steps onto it and intensified the overall suspense.
This is a frightening, fast-paced, engrossing horror story worth screaming over!
Dracula continues at Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre, at various times, until Sat 16 Sep.
Book at BASS on 131 246 or bass.net.au Click HERE to purchase your tickets.
Images courtesy of Dylan Evans