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The Gold Coast is that playground of sun, surf, sand and salt air. But when the cover of darkness falls on this literal surfer’s paradise, beware the vampires…

It’s hard to describe a Dracula’s show in one word. Brash. Shocking. Fun. Eye-opening. Energetic. Crude. Random. Sometimes crass. Mostly funny. Delightfully trashy. Unrestrained. Did I say brash?

What Dracula’s definitely is though, is iconic. A Gold Coast landmark. And “Terrorbyte”, the latest show to hit the Dracula’s stage from Newman Entertainment International, is everything you’d expect from a night out at Dracula’s – with a little bit more ‘brash’ sprinkled on top for good measure!

Rudi crazyThe Dracula’s experience starts from the moment your car’s front tyres enter the Dracula’s driveway. Scantily-clad zombie-like staff direct you to your carpark. Vampires make crude, crass and blush-worthy comments as you and your way to the front door. But it’s as you step inside, that the ‘terror’ really begins. Guests immediately start their night in the pitch-black darkness, staring up out of their own graves as the show’s stars eerily peer down from high above. I’ll be the first to admit that the special effects had me gripping the arm of my best friend under the cover of darkness – and giggling at the same time.

While it had been more than a decade since most members of our party had been to Dracula’s, we were all pleased to note that the iconic ghost train was still on track. And while we don’t want to give away too many Dracula’s secrets to those uninitiated, brace yourself for that ride. And don’t forget to smile!

Terrorbyte offers some great characters. Inia Dewar as “Coco” was a crowd fave, resplendent in his retro purple pantsuit, impossibly high heels and mega-hoop earrings. Dracula’s veterans Richard Macionis as “Spine” (the show’s acting director) and Rudi Testa as “Vlad” made a formidable on-stage pair. Dracula’s newbie Dannielle Glanville was nothing short of stunning as “Luna”.

“Vampires are at the height of pop consciousness, riding a fine line of wickedness…both seductive and scary,” explains show creator and creative director Marc Newman. “Our brand-new show taps into this allure, wrapped up in state-of-the art technology. It is a sinfully lavish format, presenting non-stop entertainment that is fluidly conceptualised around steampunk, retro-futurism, cyber sci- and brash burlesque.”

Throw in some quite random musical and comedy acts (from saucy aerial artistry, to drug-lovin’ hippie puppets, to a tribute to the legends of Bowie, Prince and George Michael), a three-course meal and wait staff who ensure the essence of the Dracula’s stage experience in filtrates every corner of the venue and you have quite the eye-opener of a night out with friends.

Visit www.draculas.com.au

Belinda Glindemann

Belinda Glindemann  

Belinda knew she was destined for a career in communications and publishing from the age of 11 when her Year 6 teacher introduced her to poster projects and glitter pens. She completed her journalism cadetship in the Whitsundays and went on to hold various newspaper and magazine editor roles across Brisbane in a media career spanning more than a decade. When Belinda's not writing for haven, she runs her own PR agency, kid-wrangles two young daughters and drinks way too much sweet tea.