Blood, guts and a classic

ORIGINAL VAMPIRE SLAYER: David Whitney said audiences would feel the eeriness of the original Dracula in the show. Photo: DYLAN EVANS
ORIGINAL VAMPIRE SLAYER: David Whitney said audiences would feel the eeriness of the original Dracula in the show. Photo: DYLAN EVANS

When the novel Dracula was first released it was a shock to audiences. It’s that same shock David Whitney said shake and stir were hoping to recreate when the show comes to Dubbo.

Mr Whitney, who plays Van Helsing, said the show was mostly on par with the original story, but with spectacular moving sets, dramatic fight scenes and an incredible amount of blood.

“It’s a real workout, once we start we just don’t stop. Plus we’re all covered in blood by the end of the show. A shower is definitely required at the end of the performance, but it’s a lot of fun,” Mr Whitney said.

“My favourite part is probably the slaying of Lucy- the first main victim who we have to kill- and cutting off her head. It’s a reasonably spectacular sequence, and it’s quite fun to do, especially when it goes wrong.”

While the story of Dracula is well-known, the actor said the audience would still get drawn in to the horror of the performance, wanting to scream out to the characters to prevent what was happening.

“Dracula when it first came out was quite shocking in its time and we’re trying to get that sense of shock,” Mr Whitney said.

shake and stir’s production of Dracula tells the story of young lawyer Jonathan Harker’s visit to Castle Dracula in the Carpathian Mountains. However, Mr Harker quickly realises there are strange things afoot, and he may not be a guest at the dinner table, but the main course.

With audiences leaving shake and stir’s last performance in Dubbo with their jaws on the floor due to their incredible special effects, Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre manager Linda Christof said she expects the crowd to once again be blown away.