Want a fright night? Count on Drac­ula for a spooky spec­tac­u­lar

7 Days in Dubai - - LIFE -

The Hal­loween week­end is the per­fect time for ev­ery­one’s favourite vam­pire to make a chill­ing ap­pear­ance in Dubai. Bram Stoker’s Drac­ula will be hit­ting Duc­tac on Fri­day and Satur­day cour­tesy of Danu The­atre, head along for some hor­ror, hu­mour and drama with bite. Padraig Downey told us more...

Danú has ma­jor links to Ire­land so it was a given that Bram Stoker would be cho­sen as he was born and bred in Dublin, Ire­land. In the Ir­ish lan­guage: ‘Droch-fhola’ pro­nounced ‘Druk-ula’ means ‘bad blood’. Of course, ‘Dracul’ is also Ro­ma­nian for ‘devil’. Stoker was greatly in­flu­enced by Ir­ish folk­lore and he took tales from the con­ti­nent and clev­erly in­ter­twined them with Ir­ish folk­lore and su­per­sti­tion. Stoker was also a famine child, born dur­ing the famine years in Ire­land and mil­lions of Ir­ish peo­ple em­i­grated to North Amer­ica in ‘Cof­fin Ships’, hence the in­spi­ra­tion for the whole idea of the cof­fin and the ship con­cept. Less is def­i­nitely more. Drac­ula is ex­tremely charm­ing, of im­pec­ca­ble pedi­gree and breed­ing. He is like still wa­ter that never rip­ples. He is played by Hussain Hadi, who is half Scot­tish, half Iraqi so the East and West al­ready in­hab­its his blood. It is im­por­tant that Drac­ula plays it ‘real’ and doesn’t play to the stereo­type. I asked Hussain not to base any­thing off any movie but to re­vert to the ac­tual novel. Peo­ple with power don’t have to even try. Drac­ula is such a supreme power, he takes plea­sure and joy in grow­ing younger and drain­ing the life from West­ern so­ci­ety. It’s a time­less clas­sic that comes back again and again de­pend­ing on times and cir­cum­stance. It is one of the big­gest sell­ing nov­els of all time (first pub­lished in 1897) and has in­flu­enced more than 700 films. Hal­loween is an Ir­ish and Celtic Har­vest Fes­ti­val and as such was brought to North Amer­ica by the Ir­ish im­mi­grants hence its pop­u­lar­ity around the world. Drac­ula at Hal­loween is the ul­ti­mate com­bi­na­tion.

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