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Riverside Theatres presents
a shake & stir theatre co and QPAC Production


Venue Riverside Theatre
Dates 01 April - 04 April 2017

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

Another bloody classic.

The gothic horror story of Dracula swoops the country in a gripping, critically-acclaimed production created by shake & stir.

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.

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

An Audio Described performance is available on 1st April at 8pm.

An Auslan Interpreted performance is available on Sunday 2nd April at 5pm.
To book tickets in seats with the best viewing of the interpreter please click on the pink booking button to your right called ‘Auslan Seats’

Dates and Times;
Saturday 1 April at 8pm
Sunday 2 April at 5pm
Monday 3 April at 10am  (schools and GP plus Q&A – seating will be unallocated)
Tuesday 4 April at 10am (schools and GP plus Q&A – seating will be unallocated)
Price: $22 per student & additional teachers



This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.
Tour supported by arTour an initiative of the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet.

Suitable for Years 10 – 12

SCHOOL TICKETS $22 per student/additional teacher (1 teacher free per 20 students)


The coolest young theatre makers around, shake & stir return with their latest sensational masterpiece. Lead by a stunning team, they are adept at taking dry classics and modernising them to APPEAL TO A YOUNG AUDIENCE, while remaining true to the essential characterisations of the originals. With stunning technical prowess and using every trick in the theatre book, this is also a great study for VET entertainment students.


  1. USE BOOKING FORM, DOWNLOAD IT OR COMPLETE IT ONLINE All bookings require a completed Booking Form. Risk assessments and education support materials (where provided) are available online.
  2. SEND YOUR BOOKING FORM TO US Complete online (preferred), fax, email or post your booking form to Riverside Education Fax: 02 9683 3267 Scan and email: education_riverside@parracity.nsw.gov.au Mail: Riverside Education, PO Box 3636, Parramatta, NSW, 2124.

N.B. Please do not send any payments with your booking form. Riverside will confirm your booking and then issue a tax invoice for your deposit. Bookings are made in strict order of receipt. Please ensure you have given a valid email address on your booking form as this is our main method of communication.

  1. RIVERSIDE WILL CONFIRM YOUR BOOKING Riverside will confirm your booking and invoice the school for a non-refundable 25% deposit. Teachers receive complimentary seating on a 20:1 ratio (unless otherwise stipulated). Once you have paid your deposit, your booking is secure and Riverside will issue an invoice for full payment.
  2. FINAL PAYMENT Full payment is required 4 weeks prior to the performance date. If we do not receive payment OR proof of your DoE purchase order, we have the right to cancel your booking and you will forfeit your deposit.

PUBLIC SCHOOLS – DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (DoE) PAYMENTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS The DoE takes 30 days from an invoice being submitted to payment being received by Riverside, therefore we MUST have full payment OR proof that the purchase order has been submitted to the DoE no later than four weeks prior to the performance date. This is a new system for many public schools so we strongly recommend receiving monies and permission slips at least 7 weeks before the payment is due. This will allow any final changes in numbers (subject to availability). We cannot reduce numbers after payment has been received.

ALL OTHER SCHOOLS (INCLUDING INDEPENDENT AND CATHOLIC) Confirmation of final numbers and final balance is required four weeks prior to the performance date. A reduction of numbers is not permitted after this date.

An increase of numbers is possible after the final payment day but is subject to availability. Please note, all school bookings made within 4 school weeks of a performance date must be paid in full within 1 week of confirmation and are final. There are no refunds or changes to numbers or dates on these bookings.

  1. FINAL INFORMATION SENT TO SCHOOLS Prior to your visit, we will send you detailed information via email to ensure you have a hassle-free excursion. This will include updating you on any possible changes to running times or more detailed information as it emerges from the rehearsal process.
  2. ATTEND AND ENJOY! If you have concerns about meeting the terms and conditions, please email education_riverside@parracity.nsw.gov.au or call 02 8839 3308.

STUDENT AND TEACHER RESOURCES For curriculum links click here

SCHOOLS ACCESS AT RIVERSIDE For information on access at Riverside Theatre please click here.

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Nelle Lee & Nick Skubij

Michael Futcher

Set Designer
Josh McIntosh

Costume Designer
Leigh Buchanan

Lighting Designer
Jason Glenwright

Sound Designer / Composer
Guy Webster
Fight Director / Movement Coach
Nigel Poulton

Photo credit: Photo by Dylan Evans

★★★★★ ArtsHub

“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

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 & 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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Approximately 85 minutes (No interval)

Ticket Prices

Adult $52
Groups 10+ $47
Concession $47
Under 30's $38
Member - Adult $42
Member - Concession $37
Member - Under 30's $28
Student & Teacher Groups $22

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