The Genesian Theatre Company in Sydney’s Kent Street has yet again come up with an interesting and gripping drama for their latest production. “Dracula” by Bram Stoker, which has been adapted by Stephen Dietz, is another “away from the mainstream” play presented by this dynamic amateur theatre company.
The mood is set within a spooky stone castle staging, just right for the mysterious and exotic European Count Dracula to send shivers down our spines. The Count has hired a young English solicitor to organise his migration to England but after trapping the solicitor in his Transylvanian castle and murdering the crew of the ship that was to take them to England, it becomes clear that the Count has other plans and is about to unleash a reign of horror on the unsuspecting people of London.
This sets in motion a series of strange and deadly events that lead to a desperate struggle against an evil being intent on corrupting the souls of the solicitor’s fiancée and closest friends.
First published in 1897, Dracula has gone on through the years to signify the horror story format and the vampire legend, which has led to an extensive portfolio of works based on this original story. As with many Victorian classics, Dracula explores the clash between science and the supernatural, civilized society and the primal. The fear of the exotic and unknown plus the evil hidden behind a cultured human front as well as primal passions, the corruption of the soul and morality in relation to the expectations placed on women are all themes running throughout this play.
Directed by Michael Heming who is ably assisted by Shane Bates, the production manages to convey the mood of horror and suspense as we wait for Count Dracula to strike his victims.
Madeleine Boyle as Lucy Westenra and Cassady Maddox as Mina are excellent in their roles as Count Dracula’s targets.
“Dracula” is currently playing at The Genesian Theatre until 3 December 2016 on Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm with a Sunday matinée at 4.30pm.
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