DATES 15 Aug – 2 Sept 2017

by Bram Stoker
created and adapted by shake & stir theatre co

Another bloody classic.

The Gothic horror story swoops the country in a gripping, critically-acclaimed production created by shake & stir returning to QPAC for a strictly limited season.

When young lawyer Jonathan Harker visits Castle Dracula deep within the Carpathian mountains, he’s not expecting the strange hospitality he receives from his mysterious host. Alone and trapped within the castle walls, Jonathan discovers that Dracula wants more than his presence at the dinner table – he might also be the main course. Leaving Jonathan for dead and his castle behind, Dracula travels to London on a quest for seduction, true love and above all – blood.

From the company behind the multi-award winning, national touring productions of 1984 and Animal Farm comes this new adaptation of Stoker’s twisted tale that sold out in record time – do not delay.

★★★★★ The atmosphere in the theatre was electric. The audience was in the palm of the ensemble’s able hands, and rose to a unanimous standing ovation at the play’s conclusion. ArtsHub

Warning: Includes simulated violence, sexual and supernatural themes, haze and strobe lighting.


Adaptors Nelle Lee and Nick Skubij
Director Michael Futcher
Set Designer Josh McIntosh
Costume Designer Leigh Buchanan
Lighting Designer Jason Glenwright
Sound Designer and Composer Guy Webster
Fight Director and Movement Coach Nigel Poulton
Fight Assistant Justin Palazzo-Orr
Dramaturg Michael Futcher

Featuring Ross Balbuziente, Nelle Lee, Adele QuerolNick Skubij, Michael Wahr and David Whitney

Production Manager Mark Middleton
Stage Manager Yanni Dubler
Assistant Stage Manager Tenneale Rogers
Head LX Nathan Da Cunha


Suitability: Grade 10 – 12 audience. Infrequent coarse language, sexual themes, supernatural elements
Duration: 100 mins + 10 min Q&A with cast following 10am and 6.30pm performances.

Curriculum Connections:

  • Gothic Theatre
  • Transformation of a classic text
  • Novel Study / Text Analysis
  • Magical Realism
  • Ensemble Theatre
  • Contemporary Australian Theatre
  • Convergent Forms

  • Supernatural
  • Gender Representations
  • Love/Passion
  • Transformation
  • Power
  • Traditional VS Modern

Subject Connections:

shake & stir theatre co’s adaptations are punchy, impressive and aim to push boundaries for students. This brand new stage adaptation of DRACULA will deepen students’ understanding of the novel. Students can compare and contrast the text and play, exploring the themes and issues presented for a new, modern audience.


An ideal example of Gothic Theatre for your students. Through shake & stir’s unique approach to storytelling your students will witness a performance of Gothic Theatre, Ensemble Theatreand Magical Realism helping to deepen their understanding and providing an excellent example of how a text can be transformed for the stage. With striking set design, lighting and sound design and clever manipulation of the elements of performance/drama, this production promises to engage and inspire your students.

This production comes with a comprehensive Teachers’ Resource Kit & Dramatic Elementscompiled by shake & stir’s Education Manager, Naomi Russell. The kit will be available to download a month before the production and includes curriculum connections, pre and post show class discussions and activities and extra insight into the production specifically for teachers and students. For further information please email naomi@shakeandstir.com.au

★★★★★ ArtsHub

The hottest stage tickets of 2017. The Sydney Morning Herald

The atmosphere in the theatre was electric. The audience was in the palm of the ensemble’s able hands, and rose to a unanimous standing ovation at the play’s conclusion. ArtsHub

Do not miss this. Bloody and brilliant – shake & stir deliver a thrillingly dark and mysterious Dracula. Broadway World

There’s no stopping Brisbane’s shake & stir as it presents another standout production and reaffirms its spot as one of the country’s most exciting theatre companies. The Sunday Mail

shake & stir theatre co’s latest triumph. The Courier Mail

Balancing horror and humour is not easy. However shake & stir theatre co have managed it with their latest triumph, a theatrical version of DRACULA. Was I scared? The answer is, yes. In fact I may have to sleep with the light on for the next few nights. The Courier Mail

A triumph. It is always something of a razor’s edge dilemma to teeter between humour and melodrama and shake & stir get the balance just about perfectly. I hope this play tours throughout Australia, and beyond. It may well be the best thing that shake & stir have done. Weekend Notes

shake & stir’s DRACULA is a thrilling adventure that drags you in to its dark world and doesn’t let go until the final bolt of lightning strikes. Australian Stage

It’s such a wonderful experience to hear people gasping in fright and jumping out their chairs. I do encourage every-one to go out, see this production. Australian Stage

A remarkable adaptation and brilliantly executed play. High production values, high stakes (pardon the pun), and highly recommended. A great cross-over theatre production for fans of horror. Aussie Theatre

shake and stir theatre co created a movie on stage…the action never slowed, the tension stayed high and the scenes were seamlessly linked. The actors used precision timing to move from one location to the next and never once faltered in what was an amazing piece. Absolute Theatre

Bram Stoker would be turning in his grave with pure enjoyment! Rehab for the Fabulous

shake & stir theatre co have created a show that blows the mind in every aspect… To put it simply, one bite just isn’t enough! Same Same

The production is uncompromising and uncomfortable (#inagoodway). Blue Curtain Brisbane

A play that stays in the mind for long after the 95 minutes of nonstop action has ended and even begs a second viewing. Absolute Theatre

Nick Skubij’s performance as a brooding, sinister title character and primary antagonist is entirely riveting, adding a fearful chill to the show’s highly-charged atmosphere. Blue Curtain Brisbane

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11 March | Capitol Theatre, Tamworth
14 March | Glasshouse Theatre, Port Macquarie
17 March | Newcastle Civic Theatre
21 – 22 March | Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre
23 March | Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre
25 March | Orange Civic Theatre
28 – 29 March | Laycock Street Theatre, Gosford
1 – 4 April | Riverside Theatre, Parramatta
7 – 8 April | Griffith Regional Theatre
2 May | Shoalhaven Theatre, Nowra
4 – 5 May | Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre
1 June | Albury Entertainment Centre



12 April | Frankston Arts Centre
19 April | Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre
21 April | Riverslinks Venues, Westside PAC Shepparton
9 May | Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo
12 May | Mildura Arts Centre
15 May | Lighthouse Theatre, Warrnambool
18 – 20 May | Geelong Performing Arts Centre
25 May | Hamilton Performing Arts Centre
27 May | Cardinia Cultural Centre
30 May | Esso BHP Billiton Entertainment Centre, Sale
3 June | Burrinja Theatre, Upwey
6 June | Cardinia Cultural Centre

26 – 29 April | Canberra Theatre Centre

10 June | Theatre North at the Princess, Launceston
14- 15 June | Theatre Royal, Hobart

23 June| Bunbury Entertainment Centre
27 – 28 June | Mandurah Performing Arts Centre
30 June | Geraldton Performing Arts Centre

8 July | Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs
14 July | Darwin Entertainment Centre

18 July | Mt Isa Civic Centre
21 – 22 July | Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns
27 July | Mackay Entertainment Centre
29 July | Pilbeam Theatre, Rockhampton
1 August | Brolga Theatre, Maryborough
5 August | Ipswich Civic Centre
8 – 9 August | Gold Coast Arts Centre
11 August | Empire Theatre, Toowoomba
15 August – 2 September | Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane

6 – 16 September | Adelaide Festival Centre
20 September | Barossa Convention Centre



DATES 15 Aug – 2 Sept 2017