Sunday 10 September 2017

Theatre Review - Dracula

9 September 2017
Shake & Stir
Space Theatre, Adelaide

Yesterday, I attended the matinee performance of Dracula. The play offered a faithful but condensed version of Bram Stoker's novel, and it worked well on the Space Theatre's intimate stage.

Managed with a cast of just six, the play lasted just over an hour and a half, without an interval, and I was riveted throughout.

Some of the best features of the production were:
  • Excellent staging and effects, with great use of the revolve
  • Clever combining of the Jack Seward/Quincey roles
  • Atmospheric presentation
  • Great performances, especially from Nick Skubij as Dracula
The only main negative point for me was the costume Dracula wore in later scenes. It felt too anachronistic for him to sport a leather jacket when, in all other respects, the production kept to a fairly period look in terms of costumes, props, storytelling. There were also a few moments when actors emphasised words that sounded funny in a modern context. However, if they'd not stressed them, it probably would have gone unnoticed. However, those are minor niggles. Overall I left the theatre having had an enjoyable experience.

Dracula is playing until 16 September, so if you're in Adelaide, I highly recommend you grab a ticket.

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