Theatre company shake & stir theatre co and the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) have confirmed that there will be blood at the Cremorne Theatre in August 2015. For a three week season starting August 13, they will be presenting a performance of Bram Stoker’s 1897 gothic horror novel ‘Dracula‘, which has been adapted to the stage by the team at shake & stire theatre co. Although limited information is currently available on the performance itself as it will be a “world premiere”, they do vow that it will be “every bit as tortured and charismatic as the novel”.
Directed by Michael Futcher and adapted by shake & stir’s Artistic Directors Nelle Lee and Nick Skubij, this tale features a cast including fellow Artistic Director Ross Balbuziente, Tim Dashwood (The Graduate, Animal Farm), Ashlee Lollback (INXS Never Tear Us Apart, Pale Blue Dot), and David Whitney (1984, Rock of Ages, Cyrano De Bergerac).
Dracula tells the story of young lawyer Jonathan Harker as he visits Castle Dracula in the Carpathian Mountains. Alone and trapped within the castle walls, Jonathan discovers that his host Dracula wants more than just his presence at the dinner table; he might also be the main course. Leaving Jonathan for dead and his castle behind Dracula travels to London on a quest for seduction, true love and above all blood.
Nick Skubij | Co-Adaptor of Dracula
Vampire fiction just won’t die – it is un-dead. Enjoying a major resurrection with the wildly popular Twilight motion pictures, television series True Blood, The Originals and The Vampire Diaries there is no doubt that audiences today are as intrigued to all things macabre as their 19th century counterparts. We look forward to plunging into the darkest recesses of our imagination and are excited about experimenting with some ultra-theatricality to achieve the mind-boggling, head-twisting, blood-spurting moments so vividly described in the novel.
Tickets for Dracula are currently on sale via the QPAC website and box office. Tickets are available at a flat rate of $59 for adults, with concession (pensioners, seniors, full time students, health care card holders) rates slightly lower at $49. Youth under 26 years of age will be able to get into the show even cheaper, with tickets going for $34.