Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Dracula Is Game for a Laugh at Goth Weekend; When a Friend Mentioned Whitby Goth Weekend, It Inspired North East Playwright ED WAUGH to Embark on a Bloodcurdling Adventure

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Dracula Is Game for a Laugh at Goth Weekend; When a Friend Mentioned Whitby Goth Weekend, It Inspired North East Playwright ED WAUGH to Embark on a Bloodcurdling Adventure

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Byline: ED WAUGH

THE twice-yearly Whitby Goth Weekend event has been running since 1994 and attracts upwards of 12,000 people of all ages from all over the world to take in the alternative styles, music and laidback atmosphere of the event in the North Yorkshire seaside town.

My mate Les came back raving about it. Well, one night after going to Newcastle races a year ago, we agreed to get a gang to go to this year's festival.

I really don't know how it came about - bravado, probably - but I agreed to write a play to take. In the cold light of morning, confronted with a blank page, I regretted having been so, let's say, alcohol-led. Anyway, Dracula: Die Laughing is the result.

It seemed a great alternative I thought a spoof about a 'past-it' Dracula being pursued by vampire hunters and hiding out at Whitby Goth Weekend would be fun. Whitby is where Dracula first came ashore in Bram Stoker's novel, so it has resonance to the story.

for people who had missed out on tickets I've written for the music gigs lots of successful comedies with my friend Trevor Wood (including Dirty Dusting, Waiting for Gateaux, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way To Durham and Alf Ramsey Knew My Grandfather) but I'd never written one on my own However, there is a knack to it and it wasn't long before I had a decent first draft.

When I contacted the festival organisers about putting the show on there this April they were brilliant about it and even went so far as to make it part of the official weekend fringe.

I pulled in Gareth Hunter, who produced our radio play Son of Samurai when it was the first North East production ever to play the Latitude Festival in 2008. Gareth's a very good stage director who runs Ion Productions.

He managed to rope in some cracking actors - Paul Dunn, Craig Richardson, Corinne Kilvington and Lauren Waine - and we were away.

It's the first play to be performed at Whitby Goth Weekend in 20 years so we are really delighted to be an integral part of it. …

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