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BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS OF LAUGH­TER: DRACULA’S DE­BUTS A DE­LI­CIOUSLY NAUGHTY NEW SHOW

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - AM­BER MACPHER­SON

Fresh blood is puls­ing through the veins of Broad­beach’s Dracula’s with a new show and new cast ready to make a de­but. Next Wed­nes­day Dracula’s will pre­miere Nine Pints, de­scribed as a sexy, grown-up pro­duc­tion bring­ing the se­duc­tive cabaret into the 21st cen­tury.

Nine Pints MC Ste­wart Reeve says the new show has ma­tured into a world­class per­for­mance.

“This year they’ve ramped it up again,” Ste­wart says.

“The pro­duc­tion value has stepped up, new py­rotech­nics, brand-new sound sys­tem.

“We’ve got live rock-an­droll mu­sic, con­tort­ing twins and pup­pets. It’s a Ve­gas-style cabaret show.”

Nine Pints plays on the new-age fascination with vam­pires and their mys­te­ri­ous, ex­cit­ing ways.

“The theme that runs through the show, it’s not jump-out hor­ror in your face, more sexy,” Ste­wart says.

“Think True Blood, bur­lesque cabaret.

“The stage has been re­designed. The in­ti­macy is start­ing to creep back in.”

One of the scenes ex­pected to be a hit with au­di­ences is called Stair­way to Heaven.

While Ste­wart won’t give too much away, he says it’s a vul­ner­a­ble mo­ment for the show with in­tri­cate gui­tar play­ing, an act that re­sulted in stand­ing ova­tions when­ever it was per­formed at Dracula’s in Mel­bourne.

“It’s a fan­tas­tic rock song,” Ste­wart says.

“We’ve got an amaz­ing gui­tarist that we’ve found from Brisbane.

“To put a num­ber like that in a show where you’ve got con­tort­ing twins, aerial acts, and there’s a still mo­ment in the show, that re­ally draws in the crowd.

“It’s been one of the most re­quested acts we’ve had on­line. It’s def­i­nitely a stand out.”

On the flip­side, one of the most hi­lar­i­ous scenes Ste­wart says is de­scribed as black­light pup­pets that search for bod­ily flu­ids.

“There’s in­flat­able penises and vagi­nas, all that sort of stuff,” he laughs.

“There’s so much va­ri­ety. There’s al­ways some sort of blood or hor­ror.”

Those who’ve ex­pe­ri­enced the south­ern Dracula’s coun­ter­part will also be fa­mil­iar with Ste­wart, who spent the past five years of his ca­reer there.

Ste­wart grew up on the Gold Coast and saw Dracula’s as a teen and was hooked – or in­fected.

“I re­mem­ber see­ing the show as a teen and think­ing ‘that’s what I want to do’,” Ste­wart says.

“I did a five-year stint with Dracula’s in Mel­bourne. I started there as a waiter on the floor, be­came an un­der­study, then grew to be a cast man­ager.

“It’s a home­com­ing mo­ment for me. To be that 16-year-old kid that saw the show on the Coast and to now be­ing in my 30s and be­ing part of Nine Pints, it’s a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity.”

The cast and crew are thrilled to bring the next gen­er­a­tion of en­ter­tain­ment with Nine Pints, fea­tur­ing com­edy, sur­pris­ing in­ti­macy and tal­ented mu­si­cians with an avant-garde flair.

“Drac’s has al­ways had a re­ally unique flavour. It’s not a huge mass-pro­duced thing, it’s very unique and iconic,” Ste­wart says.

“The di­rec­tion that Dracula’s is now headed in, is not mov­ing away from that vam­pire or hor­ror el­e­ment, but mov­ing into that el­e­ment of world-class cabaret.”

Nine Pints pre­mieres Septem­ber 26 at Dracula’s, 1 Hooker Blvd, Broad­beach, show­ing five nights a week. Show pack­ages start­ing at $59 per per­son. Go to drac­u­las.com.au

THE THEME THAT RUNS THROUGH THE SHOW, IT’S NOT JUMP-OUT HOR­ROR IN YOUR FACE, MORE SEXY

Dracula's is pre­par­ing to pre­miere its new show Nine Pints, a ma­ture, re­fined per­for­mance full of com­edy, in­ti­macy and tal­ent.

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