SINK YOUR TEETH IN
DRACULA’S UNVEIL THEIR NEW TECHNOLOGICALLY TERRIFYING SHOW
“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.