Every ghoul fights for survival in Guildford’s Garrick Theatre take on The House of Dracula

Baron and Baroness von Frankenstein played by Alan Shaw and Colleen Bradford. Picture: Anthony Koomen.
Baron and Baroness von Frankenstein played by Alan Shaw and Colleen Bradford. Picture: Anthony Koomen.

EVERY ghoul is fighting for survival in Garrick Theatre’s horror comedy The House of Dracula by British playwright Martin Downing.

In a modern spin-off from the 1944 horror classic film The House of Frankenstein, Baron von Frankenstein and his snooty wife, Elizabeth, go to stay at a grim Transylvanian fortress with their repulsive retainers, the hunchback Igor and Frau Lurker.

Excitement turns to terror when they are greeted by more than a few of their mortal – and immortal – enemies, and the Frankensteins must take part in an unholy survival test as they flee from cellar to attic to escape a fate worse than death.

Baroness von Frankenstein is played by Mount Lawley GP Colleen Bradford, who admits to being terrified of vampires.

“It goes back to the time when the Garrick did the production of Dracula in the early 80s,” Dr Bradford said.

“Being on stage and seeing the cast with their vampire teeth in gets me every time.

“The whole play is quite physical and I am shaken, carried and stabbed by a variety of the characters in it.”

The play was originally performed by The Screaming Blue Murder Theatre Company in Leeds on Halloween in 1991.

Bayswater director Fred Petersen (81) said it was a challenging script.

“There are a big number of sound cues along with some special effects, five different accents and a large cast, which make a great number of entrances and exits,” he said.

“This makes staging the play an enormous exercise.”

WHERE: Garrick Theatre, 16 Meadow Street, Guildford.

WHEN: November 29,30, December 1, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 15 @ 8pm. Matinee: December 2 @ 2pm. **Special midnight performance December 7**

TICKETS: $25 adults, $22 concession, $20 members.

BOOKINGS: www.trybooking.com or phone Elaine on 9378 1990, email bookings@garricktheatre.asn.au