DRACULA THE PANTO
This 'ISOSCELES' production opened at the Yvonne Arnaud Mill Studio in Guildford in June 2004; it has proved to be a highly energetic success and is hugely popular with all ages. Being a spoof on the Dracula story, done in panto style, there is definitely something for everyone. With just a cast of two playing all the parts, that gives a clue as to how light-hearted the show is; and there are some great songs too!
It is especially ideal for the winter months so book now to avoid disappointment and then you'll be able to say 'fangs' for the memory!!!
This show is ideally suited for the age group 8 to 80.
P.S. You really don't have to be accompanied by a child to have a great time at this show!!!
The show has already been seen at:
The Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton
Wilde Theatre, Bracknell (2007, 2007)
Yvonne Arnaud Mill Studio, Guildford (2004, 2007)
Belfast Opera House Baby Grand
The Riverside Theatre, Coleraine (2005, 2006,2009)
Market Place Theatre, Armagh
Island Arts Centre, Lisburn
Dragon Theatre, Barmouth
Queens Theatre, Hornchurch
The Space Arts Centre, London
The Square Chapel, Halifax
Underground Theatre, Eastbourne
Wimbledon Studio Theatre (2012, 2013)
Colour House Theatre, Merton Abbey Mills, London
Coombe Wood Tennis Club, Kingston upon Thames
Kingston Boat Club, Kingston Upon Thames
Windlesham School Theatre, Sussex
Eden Court Theatre, Inverness
Arts Guild, Greenock
Regal Theatre, Bathgate
East Kilbride Arts Centre
Birnam Arts Centre, Dunkeld
North Edinburgh Arts Centre
Ardhowen Theatre, Enniskillen
Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast
The Old Courthouse, Antrim
Motherwell Civic Centre
Courtyard Theatre, Newtownabbey (2006, 2009, 2014)
Newry Arts Centre, N. Ireland
Roe Valley Arts Centrs, Limavady, N. Ireland
The Theatre, Newcastle, N. Ireland (2009, 2014)
Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy
Palace Theatre, Kilmarnock
Golf Club, Cushendall, N. Ireland
Sheskburn Centre, Bally Castle, N. Ireland
Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven
The Stables, Hastings
Norden Farm Arts Centre, Maidenhead
Epsom Playhouse Studio
Limelight Arts Centre, Aylesbury
Sarah Thorne Theatre, Broadstairs (2009,2013)
Palace Theatre, Halstead
Eccleshall School, Norfolk
Eastgate Theatre, Peebles
Maltings Theatre, Berwick
The Well Theatre, Moffat
Lochgelly Arts Centre
Alloa Town Hall
Carlops Village Hall
Scottish Highlands Tour
Steppingley Village Hall
Fun, fangs and other fab treats - a delight.
If you wanted to experience pure pantomime, with all the traditional audience participation, then you should have been here! We had puppet theatre, noises off, slapstick and a bewildering series of costume changes, all involving only two performers. We felt sorry for Count Dracula, consistently foiled by an audience wielding hot cross buns on a stick. However, it all ends happily, with the villans reformed and even the Count revising his diet to fit ecological guidlines and of course, everyone marrying everyone else! With slick interchanging of characters by Pat Abernethy, complete with classic stand-up gags, and Dave Marsden who played all the music and still managed to direct Pat's repartee, this was a real treat.
You never can tell what may happen in the theatre. The presentation of DRACULA by Isosceles Productions at the Brewhouse was a remarkable example of high professional skills, witty writing and easy rapport between stage and audience possible when actors understand thier craft.
Pat Abernethy and Dave Marsden expertly played this spoof version of the celebrated horror story as though it was - which it certainly was not - the easiest and most natural thing to do.They were never put off thier stroke either by constantly having to change characters; by unexpected interventions by some excited children thoroughly caught up in the 'oh yes it does, oh no it doesn't' atmosphere.
Pace, comic timing, and total commitment to the business in hand combined with a sense of humour enable them in effect to say, 'This is very silly of course, but it's really great fun, isn't it?'. Patrick Prior, the author, cleverly gave the actors their chances. Directed by Jim Dunk they took them in a style that could not have been bettered.
He's behind you! And he's come to suck your blood. Bram Stoker's chilling gothic masterpiece has been transformed into a fast, furious and funny show. Dracula makes perfect pantomime fare. Things develop in typical pantomime style when Jonathan Harker and his fiancee Lucy are followed to Transylvania by Jonathan's mother, the Dame with her song sheet of spooky classics such as Bat Out Of Hell, Bad Moon Rising and In The Midnight Hour. Then the ubiquitous chase scene takes them over mountain pasture and frozen lake to England and back accomplished by some amazingly quick changes. All the parts are played by Isosceles duo Pat Abernethy and Dave Marsden. This pastiche of Victorian high melodrama with the fond spoofing of traditional panto makes a warm, funny show, but it's Jonathan's hot-cross buns that save the day.
THE BIG ISSUE - CHRISTMAS SPECIAL
In relation to your recent visit to Newcastle to perform Dracula the Panto.. I would like to take the opportunity to express our sincere thanks for providing our audiences with a wonderful evening's entertainment, and hope that we work together again soon.
Rachel Kennedy, Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick
I had a lot of good feedback from the show. A couple of friends of mine said it was hilarious and that they hadn't laughed as much for a long time. They were still laughing about it on the way home so you made the people who attended very happy indeed.
Jan Wilson, Haddington Festival
This is an hilarious pantomime style show on the Bram Stoker novel. The players kept the audience in stitches for an hour and twenty minutes with multiple costume changes including drag, a variety of silly props like squeaking rubber bats, sound effects, quick-fire ad-libs and of course audience participation. At the end, an enthusiastic curtain call brought the players onto the floor again. The evening was a wonderful pre Christmas treat - such a brilliant idea. Andy Cuckson, Minima Yacht Club
I absolutely loved the show, it was a tonic.
My ribs are aching from all the laughter.
I love everything you do but I think this maybe the best - it was original, clever and great fun.
The whole family had a whale of a time. We've seen lots of pantos and this one is the best.