Quintessence Theatre, in association with An Táin Arts Centre
27 – 31 Oct | 7:30pm | 2:30pm on 29 Oct | Main Space
121 years after it first sent chills throughout the world Quintessence Theatre bring Stoker’s horrific masterpiece vividly back to life in their own innovative, unsettling and physically sensuous adaptation.
In the echoing confines of a Victorian mental asylum an incarcerated man struggles to convince a watching gaggle of doctors of the extraordinary truth of an immortal shape-shifter – more monster than man – who lives through the consumption of human blood. As he desperately strives to piece his fragmented mind and rememberings together and make sense of the unthinkable horrors that befell him and his missing comrades, he comes to realise that he is fighting not just for his sanity, but his very living soul…
Stylised and expressionistic in both performance and design and with a multi-rolling ensemble cast of five, Quintessence use their unique dazzling physical ensemble theatre techniques to breathe new life into old horror, and provide a slick visual feast and haunting atmosphere that Stoker himself would envy.
First performed in 2017 (nearly 120 years to the very day since it was published) at An Táin Arts Centre, Dundalk, this anniversary production transferred to Droichead Arts Centre to headline the Drogheda Arts Festival 2017.
Age Suitability 12+
Mild sexual references, horror content
Running time: 140 mins including an interval
Written by Anna Simpson, based on the novel by Bram Stoker
DIRECTED BY: Anna Simpson
LIGHTING DESIGN BY: Anthony Quinn
SET & COSTUME DESIGN BY: Sarah June Mills
SOUND DESIGN BY : Anna Simpson
Fiona Keenan O’Brien
About the company…
Quintessence is in its fourth year as the Theatre Company in Residence with An Táin Arts Centre with whom they have produced new work, original adaptations and theatrical classics. Productions to date include: a national tour of original work Cracks (Sept-Oct 2018), The Star of Chester’s Lane (Drogheda Arts Festival Commission Winner 2018), The Deadly Wizard of Oz (July 2018), Some of Our Children (Feb 2018), Romeo & Juliet (Nov 2017), The Wind in the Willows (Aug 2017), Warrior of the Táin (May 2017), Dracula (April 2017), The Pink Planet (Feb 2017, ‘Scene + Heard’ Festival), Grimm Tales (Aug 2016), Romeo & Juliet and Hamlet (April 2016), Vessel (Nov 2015), Alice in Wonderland (Aug 2015) and The Picture of Dorian Gray (April 2015).