Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Classic Horror's Comic Re-Vamp; Tonight, We'll Get First Bite at a New Play That Is Destined for Next Year's Whitby Goth Weekend, as a Comedy Spin on Dracula Makes Its Debut. BARBARA HODGSON Reports

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Classic Horror's Comic Re-Vamp; Tonight, We'll Get First Bite at a New Play That Is Destined for Next Year's Whitby Goth Weekend, as a Comedy Spin on Dracula Makes Its Debut. BARBARA HODGSON Reports

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AT YNESIDE playwright is getting his teeth into a challenge that will see him take a comic spin on Dracula to the Whitby setting of Bram Stoker's famous novel.

Ed Waugh will be presenting his new work Dracula: Die Laughing at Whitby Goth Weekend next April, the hugely popular twice-yearly event which attracts thousands of fans of Stoker's blood-sucking anti-hero.

But, to ensure he doesn't get it in the neck from Dracula enthusiasts, the writer will be trying out his material in the North East first, in the run-up to Halloween, with the comedy play's debut taking place in Durham tonight.

Ed more usually writes in partnership with Trevor Wood and their past successes include Dirty Dusting and, most recently, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way To Durham - a comic rollercoaster through local history - which was commissioned in celebration of the return of the Lindisfarne Gospels.

But this spoof, which Ed says is actually nothing like the original Dracula story but is "canny funny", is a solo work inspired by a friend of his who went to the Whitby Goth Weekend last year.

"He never stopped talking about it," says Ed, "so I agreed to go with him next year but I felt, if we were going. it should be with a play.

"Everyone knows about Dracula being a vampire, and how it was at Whitby that he first came ashore.

"I felt we could have great fun with a spoof about Dracula being a bit past his best and, being pursued by vampire hunters, takes refuge at the Whitby Goth Weekend.

"We spoke to the organisers and they want to include us in the official programme alongside the bands, so we are delighted to be an integral part of the event next April."

First, the show, featuring cast members Corrine Kilvington, Paul Dunn, Lauren Waine and Craig Richardson, will be fine-tuned during its North East tour.

It makes its debut at Collingwood College, Durham University, in South Road, Durham, tonight (call 0191 334 5172 for tickets), then can be seen upstairs in the Magnesia Bank pub in Camden Street, North Shields, (0191 257 8392) tomorrow, followed by upstairs in the Isis pub in Silksworth Row, Sunderland (0191 514 7684) on Thursday to Saturday. …

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