On Friday, we went to see “Dracula” at the very nearby Clifftown theatre and studios, located in a church originally built in 1865 (more details here: http://www.clifftowntheatre.co.uk/). The theatre is a cultural centre and the premises are used by the renowned East 15 Acting School, and that night, it was the turn of the BA acting and stage combat students to show us what they were made of.
We had a wonderful time watching this production and got completely taken in by the story - even though this is one I know so well, being an keen reader and student of gothic novels and Victorian literature.
The church organ offered a dramatic backdrop and the acting was excellent; special mention to Tom Clews whose Dracula was appropriately creepy, but also handsome and devilishly charming, and Kristopher Spry, whose impressive frame made him a perfectly authoritative and powerful Van Helsing. But it was the use of space – on stage and around the venue - that made this version of Bram Stoker's tale unique: fluid and choreographed, dynamic and physical, funny and innovative… This is what theatre should be like!
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