The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - SALLY COATES Ter­ror­byte, now show­ing at Drac­ula’s Gold Coast, 1 Hooker Boule­vard, Broad­beach. See drac­u­ for tick­ets and in­for­ma­tion.

“Ter­ror­byte, well let’s see ...” per­former Rudi Testa pon­ders, over­whelmed at the task of de­scrib­ing Drac­ula’s lat­est show, Ter­ror­byte.

De­spite this com­bi­na­tion of the dig­i­tal­ism and the un­dead be­ing his 10th con­sec­u­tive show, it’s still hard to sum­marise the eerie won­ders that sing and dance across the Drac­ula’s stage. So he be­gins with a sim­ple ex­pla­na­tion of Ter­ror­byte.

“There’s a com­puter virus go­ing through the sys­tem and turn­ing peo­ple into vam­pires through their com­put­ers,” he says. “We got a local news­reader to do a lit­tle snip­pet an­nounc­ing the break­out of vam­pires, that’s re­ally awe­some.

“It’s a cabaret show so there’s not nec­es­sar­ily any con­ti­nu­ity of acts, but that con­cept is driv­ing the sto­ry­line, there’s a themed mix of acts.

“It’s a bit more mod­ern – the last show was trib­ute to the ’70s, this one’s all about vam­pires.”

Rudi has main­tained his char­ac­ter for his en­tire Drac­ula’s ca­reer, but be­ing a per­form­ing vam­pire in the mod­ern world lands him in some un­com­fort­able political po­si­tions.

“My char­ac­ter for the last nine years, go­ing on 10, has been Vlad, he’s very loosely and dis­tantly re­lated to the vam­pire fam­ily,” he says.

“But I’ve even got a small Don­ald Trump sketch, just a short lit­tle com­edy piece.

“We’ve done a sim­i­lar bit with an­other un­favourable his­tor­i­cal fig­ure be­fore and it works very well with the au­di­ence.

“Things like Twi­light we would take the piss out of, given the chance.

“Drac’s has its own pop­u­lar style, we will lend from other things but usu­ally only to drive the com­edy. Peo­ple know what they’re in for here.”

This is one vam­pire clan that not only touch the light, they com­mand it too. Well, as long as they plug into the wall.

“We’ve gone pretty tech­no­log­i­cal in the show but with some new ap­point­ments on the tech side of things as well,” Rudi says.

“We’ve got brand new 3D track light­ing, which picks up what the per­form­ers are do­ing and mir­rors those move­ments.

“We’ve also got a high def­i­ni­tion video wall to re­place the LED wall, it’s ba­si­cally re­ally high end tech­nol­ogy, so we can project high def­i­ni­tion im­ages.

“It’ll make the whole ex­pe­ri­ence re­ally ‘wow’.”

They don’t like to talk about stakes in the Drac­ula’s haunted man­sion, but they’ll have to make an ex­cep­tion, be­cause for Ter­ror­byte, the stakes have def­i­nitely been raised.

“I think we’ve upped the ante again with the tech­nol­ogy but the them­ing is more mod­ern and will ap­peal to all au­di­ences,” Rudi says.

“The last show was a trib­ute to ev­ery­thing ’70s, so great for a spe­cific au­di­ence.

“It’s high en­ergy and there’s plenty of pre­ci­sion re­quired as far as hit­ting marks for chore­og­ra­phy goes.

“The fi­nale is a beau­ti­ful trib­ute to the mu­si­cal le­gends we all re­cently lost – David Bowie, Prince and Ge­orge Michael. There could be some teary eyes in the house.”

Fans of cabaret are sure to en­joy the new show at Drac­ula's Gold Coast, Ter­ror­byte.

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