Dracula, The Bloody Truth @ The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury (atgtickets.com)
With Halloween just around
the corner, it seemed like a good time to watch a ghoulish play about Bram
Stoker’s infamous character Dracula.  Entitled Dracula,
The Bloody Truth
with a cast of four men playing a variety of characters,
including all the female roles, the show was fast and furious and you couldn’t
doubt the energy and enthusiasm of the men. Using every theatrical artifice in
the book, from pantomime-style audience participation to farce, they worked
incredibly hard to win the audience over. 
They just about achieved it in the end, but for me I was left feeling I’d
been hit over the head by one of the shovels they’d used in a slapstick style
routine, with a thumping head!

Attempting to recreate the
chaos and success of The Play that Goes
and The 39 Steps is
understandable, but everything about this production was over the top and
self-indulgent. I really wasn’t clear on who their target audience was, as the
adult language and themes made it unsuitable for younger children.  The hundred or so people in the audience
spread around  the cavernous auditorium
at Waterside Theatre seemed predominantly middle-aged and initially uncertain
of what to make of this university style review.

Everything is over-acted and
over-egged and the show itself is way too long. 
It lacks direction and a cut of about half an hour would make a huge
difference.  There was a tiny bit of
subtly from the actor who played Mena, which was fun to watch and the final
song towards the end was the best part of the show for me.  It was just a shame it didn’t end with that
and they felt the need to go on for another 10-15 minutes!  Taxi

Reviewed by:

Yvonne Delahaye