VAM­PIRES RULE!

THE GOLD COAST IS THAT PLAY­GROUND OF SUN, SURF, SAND AND SALT AIR. BUT WHEN THE COVER OF DARK­NESS FALLS ON THIS LIT­ERAL SURFER’S PAR­ADISE, BE­WARE THE VAM­PIRES…

Scout Magazine - - What's On... - Words: Belinda Glin­de­mann

SIN­FULLY LAV­ISH, NON-STOP EN­TER­TAIN­MENT

It’s hard to de­scribe a Drac­ula’s show in one word. Brash. Shock­ing. Fun. Eye-open­ing. En­er­getic. Crude. Ran­dom. Some­times crass. Mostly funny. Un­re­strained. Did I say brash?

What Drac­ula’s def­i­nitely is though, is iconic. A Gold Coast land­mark. And “Ter­ror­byte”, the lat­est show to hit the Drac­ula’s stage from New­man En­ter­tain­ment In­ter­na­tional, is ev­ery­thing you’d ex­pect of a night out at Drac­ula’s – with a lit­tle bit more ‘brash’ sprin­kled on top for good mea­sure!

The Drac­ula’s ex­pe­ri­ence starts from the mo­ment your car’s front tyres en­ter the Drac­ula’s drive­way. Scan­tily-clad zom­bie-like staff di­rect you to your carpark. Vam­pires make crude, crass and blush-wor­thy com­ments as you find your way to the front door. But it’s as you step in­side, that the ‘ter­ror’ re­ally be­gins. Guests im­me­di­ately start their night in the pitch-black dark­ness, star­ing up out of their own graves as the show’s stars eerily peer down from high above. I’ll be the first to ad­mit that the spe­cial ef­fects had me grip­ping the arm of my best friend un­der the cover of dark­ness – and gig­gling at the same time. While it had been more than a decade since most mem­bers of our party had been to Drac­ula’s, we were all pleased to note that the iconic ghost train was still on track. And while we don’t want to give­away too many Drac­ula’s se­crets to those unini­ti­ated, brace your­self for that ride. And don’t for­get to smile ;)

Ter­ror­byte of­fers some great char­ac­ters. Inia De­war as “Coco” was a crowd fave, re­splen­dent in his retro pur­ple pantsuit and mega-hoop ear­rings. Drac­ula’s vet­er­ans Richard Ma­cio­nis as “Spine” (the show’s act­ing di­rec­tor) and Rudi Testa as “Vlad” made a for­mi­da­ble on-stage pair. Drac­ula’s new­bie Dan­nielle Glanville was noth­ing short of stun­ning as “Luna”.

“Vam­pires are at the height of pop con­scious­ness, rid­ing a fine line of wicked­ness…both se­duc­tive and scary,” ex­plains show cre­ator and cre­ative di­rec­tor, Marc New­man. “Our brand-new show taps into this al­lure, wrapped up in state-of-the art tech­nol­ogy. “It is a sin­fully lav­ish for­mat, pre­sent­ing non-stop en­ter­tain­ment that is flu­idly con­cep­tu­alised around steam­punk, retro­fu­tur­ism, cy­ber sci-fi and brash bur­lesque.”

Throw in some quite ran­dom mu­si­cal and com­edy acts (from saucy aerial artistry to drug-lovin’ hip­pie pup­pets, to a trib­ute to the re­cently de­ceased le­gends of Bowie, Prince and Ge­orge Michael), a three-course meal and wait staff who en­sure the essence of the Drac­ula’s stage ex­pe­ri­ence in­fil­trates ev­ery cor­ner of the venue and you have quite the eye-opener of a night out with friends. WWW.DRACULAS.COM.AU

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