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the settInG for this highquality reinterpretation of Bram stoker’s original vampire tale has been perfectly chosen. As we mount the stairs to the loft of Adam house, we witness the still fire-damaged stairwell lying disused after almost a decade. heat-seared paint flakes from the blackened walls and banisters. In one corner a shivering, sallow-eyed man watches the audience file in, while a pale young woman in a virginal white dress attempts to comfort him. there are more men and women in the dimly lit upper room, itself seared and decrepit. they scratch and drum at the floor and walls. the sound is like a bat’s nest.
Full marks, then, for Oneohone theatre Company’s dramatic staging of this story. the content’s also rather impressive, with the cast of characters being inmates of a Victorian mental hospital, all bar the doctor who is treating them for their supposed shared delusions. these characters are revealed to be those from stoker’s book, and the doctor encourages them through a series of “re-enactments” to relive unpleasant events they experience on a shared trip abroad. A sinister and effectively scary horror tale, this doesn’t quite manage to deliver the wider human parable it occasionally promises.
Until 30 August. Today, midnight.