Dracula

Date 27th November 2021
Society Chesil Theatre (Winchester Dramatic Society)
Venue Chesil Theatre Winchester
Type of Production Play
Director John Wakeman
Producer Liz Slinn

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Author: Mark Allen

After lockdown it was fantastic to get back to the Chesil Theatre. It is an intimate old 11th Century converted church and as such lent itself brilliantly to Liz Lochhead's adaption of Bram Stoker's most famous of all stories: Dracula. With a cast of nine, many doubling and tripling up, we were in for a treat. And we were not let down. The set, a simple one, was fantastically (and eerily) darkly lit and it really added to the chilling nature of this adaptation. The costume and make up was fantastic, even down to Steve Clark as Dracula's red colour contacts, very scary. I must say that the acting and diction was of a professional standard, from the principles. The aforementioned Steve Clark, Eleanor Marsden as Mina Westerman, Zoe Stanford as her sister (and bride of Dracula) Lucy, amply backed up by Ed Gardiner as Jonathan and Tez Cook as Arthur Seward, all stand out performances. However plaudits must go to Alec Walters as Renfield and Peter Andrews as Van Helsing. Top top performances, you would be forgiven for thinking that this was not an amateur show. The staging, lighting and overall acting standard certainly was not amateur. Bravo, absolutely first class.