Dracula - direction of a new musical

Henson, David (2015) Dracula - direction of a new musical. [Performance] (Submitted)

Abstract

The musical ‘Dracula’ requires audience and performers to enter a period of a bygone age and to accept a variety of dramatic and sensory challenges. The action communicates the narrative of the gothic novel and the all-important diary entries of a journey from a Pagan Temple high in the Carpathian Mountains to the city of London and Vienna within minutes of the opening chord. This work is a challenge to young actors as they are required to validate their skills in physical movement, dance, storytelling, in addition to playing many ensemble roles within the passing of a few moments. Each performer, marked with the ink of the writing pen, represents the diary entries within the novel and this small ensemble of players engage with many characters in order to tell you the story of Dracula.

The direction of the musical aims to establish the physical, artistic and a deliberately stark style of presentation, the nature of the ensemble and the aesthetic qualities demanded by the entire creative team have been an exciting and challenging adventure. The physicality and transformation from age to youth is at the centre of this musical narrative and it is hoped that the training, whilst studying at LCM, has given sufficient strength to the company to accept the challenges given to them. In terms of direction much of what is possible in cinematic interpretation has to be left to the imagination and eyes of the audience. This relationship between performer and audience is at the heart of much current research and it is hoped that this vehicle will be the substance for further research. However, much of the cinematic nature of the musical is carefully controlled by the company who will transport you from location to location within the blink of an eye. Engage with the spirits and demons and ‘…let the games begin…’ and worlds collide.

Item Type: Performance
Additional Information: Review Highlights for production: “Bloody good fun” What’s On Stage “Highly enjoyable” The Stage “Atmospheric and delightfully melodic” British Theatre Guide “Brave and vigorous” Remotegoat “Intelligent and memorable” Musical Stages Magazine “Remarkably effective” Over the Footlights
Subjects: Performing arts
Arts
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Depositing User: David Henson
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2016 17:08
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2016 14:42
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1994

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