Theatre Royal Youth Theatre delivered a Vampire tale that doesn’t suck!
Our wonderful Youth Theatre impressed local critics with their adaptation of the Bram Stoker classic..
The youth theatre’s production of Dracula was an impressive array of monologues, creepy lighting and arresting choreography. The group, with the youngest member only seven years old, used a very limited set of props to create a vast number of settings including a train, a castle and an insane asylum. At one point the youngest members came together to create the waves of a tumultuous storm with only their body movements, and the impending sense of doom grew with each scene.
Director Martin Gibbons will be taking his talents abroad in a matter of months, and Dracula makes a fitting, memorable swan song for the actor-come-drama teacher, known for his energetic and dynamic creations.
Performances of the leading roles were captivating, with the parts of Mina, John and doctor Seward particularly gripping. Several members of the young group put on enthralling performances despite their very young age, including a ship’s captain falling into insanity, sister Agatha, a nun with vivacious, comedic presence and two hilarious undertakers. Dracula herself displayed a chilling, desperate hunger, sporting ghoulish makeup, adding to the fear and other-worldliness on stage.
Overall, the performers made incredible, synchronised use of the stage and handled the macabre material of the play with maturity well above their years. We look forward to seeing what these young performers will present next.
For information about joining the junior youth theatre (7 – 11 years), senior youth theatre (11 – 16 years) or young company (16 years and over) call: 01843 292795