Director Ellie Nixon
Cast Students of BA (Hons) Acting, AUCB
Year 2010
Location Poole, UK

DRACULA celebrates the spirit of collaboration between the BA Acting, BA Costume with Performance Design, BA Film, FdA Make up, BA Animation, BA Model Making and FdA Digital Media Production courses at The Arts University Bournemouth and has been produced by the AUB School of Performance.

When Jonathon Harker journeys to Transylvania to meet the mysterious Count Dracula, he finds himself trapped in a dark and terrifying world. Bram Stoker’s compelling gothic horror story continues to haunt and disturb our imagination. This highly visual and physical production delves into its disturbing themes of identity, sanity, fear, sensuality and desire.

Dracula has been co-devised by the ensemble cast. This collaborative process requires an actor who is creative on an interpretive level, but more importantly, who contributes imaginatively with ideas to the collective narrative of the performance. The challenge of adapting a literary work to a theatrical context has involved combining Greek Chorus (space, formation and gesture) with Melodrama, (where music accompanies the action). The relationship between these two theatre styles aims to amplify the emotional connection between the audience and the story.

An exciting initiative involving OXFAM has generated an interest in an eco-friendly approach to performance design. The costumes designed especially for this production of Dracula are made from clothes kindly donated by OXFAM.

  • Production Designer – Bruno Santini
  • Lighting Designer – Ian Saunders
  • Production Manager – John Camble
  • Costume Designer – Holly Austin