DRACULA

ANOTHER BLOODY CLASSIC

BY BRAM STOKER
CREATED & ADAPTED BY SHAKE  & STIR

The Gothic horror story swoops the country in a gripping, critically-acclaimed production created by shake & stir is returning to QPAC for a strictly limited season.

When young lawyer Jonathan Harker visits Castle Dracula deep within the Carpathian mountains, he’s not expecting the strange hospitality he receives from his mysterious host. Alone and trapped within the castle walls, Jonathan discovers that Dracula wants more than 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.

From the company behind the multi-award winning, national touring productions of 1984 and Animal Farm comes this new adaptation of Stoker’s twisted tale that sold out in record time – do not delay.

Warning: Includes simulated violence, sexual and supernatural themes, haze and strobe lighting.

THE TEAM

Adaptors Nelle Lee and Nick Skubij
Director Michael Futcher
Set Designer Josh McIntosh
Costume Designer Leigh Buchanan
Lighting Designer Jason Glenwright
Sound Designer and Composer Guy Webster
Fight Director and Movement Coach Nigel Poulton
Fight Assistant Justin Palazzo-Orr
Dramaturg Michael Futcher

Featuring Ross BalbuzienteNelle LeeAdele QuerolNick Skubij, Michael Wahr and David Whitney

Production Manager Mark Middleton
Stage Manager Yanni Dubler
Assistant Stage Manager Tenneale Rogers
Head LX Nathan Da Cunha

FOR TEACHERS

GRADES

10 – 12
Infrequent coarse language, sexual themes, supernatural elements

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS

Gothic Theatre

Transformation of a classic text

Novel Study / Text Analysis

Magical Realism

Ensemble Theatre

Contemporary Australian Theatre

Convergent Forms

THEME/ISSUES

Supernatural

Gender Representations

Love/Passion

Transformation

Power

Traditional VS Modern

DURATION

100 mins + 10 min Q&A with cast following 10:30am and 6.30pm performances.

ENGLISH SUBJECT CONNECTIONS

shake & stir theatre co’s adaptations are punchy, impressive and aim to push boundaries for students. This brand new stage adaptation of DRACULA will deepen students’ understanding of the novel. Students can compare and contrast the text and play, exploring the themes and issues presented for a new, modern audience.

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DRAMA SUBJECT CONNECTIONS

An ideal example of Gothic Theatre for your students. Through shake & stir’s unique approach to storytelling your students will witness a performance of Gothic TheatreEnsemble Theatreand Magical Realism helping to deepen their understanding and providing an excellent example of how a text can be transformed for the stage. With striking set design, lighting and sound design and clever manipulation of the elements of performance/drama, this production promises to engage and inspire your students.

“IT’S BRILLIANT, WORLD CLASS THEATRE BASED ON A LITERARY CLASSIC AND YOU SIMPLY MUST SEE IT.”
THE COURIER MAIL

 

“WHEN THE AUDIENCE LEAVES PALE, OPEN MOUTHED AND SPRAYED WITH BLOOD, YOU KNOW YOU’VE HIT THE MARK!”  4ZZZ

 

“IT IS A PLAY THAT STAYS IN THE MIND FOR LONG AFTER THE 95 MINUTES OF NONSTOP ACTION HAS ENDED” ABSOLUTE THEATRE

“THE HOTTEST STAGE TICKETS OF 2017.”
THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD 

 

“SHAKE & STIR’S DRACULA IS A THRILLING ADVENTURE THAT DRAGS YOU IN TO ITS DARK WORLD AND DOESN’T LET GO UNTIL THE FINAL BOLT OF LIGHTNING STRIKES.”
AUSTRALIAN STAGE

 

“★★★★★ THE ATMOSPHERE IN THE THEATRE WAS ELECTRIC. THE AUDIENCE WAS IN THE PALM OF THE ENSEMBLE’S ABLE HANDS, AND ROSE TO A UNANIMOUS STANDING OVATION AT THE PLAY’S CONCLUSION” ARTSHUB

 

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