After tickling many a funny bone with ‘Teechers’, Blackeyed Theatre are back in town and looking to send a shiver down Berwick’s spine.
The touring company packed out the Henry Travers Studio for their school inspired smash hit so its only right they’ve been promoted to the Main House for their Maltings comeback.
They arrive in Berwick on Tuesday, just in time for Halloween with their adaptation of Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’
And ‘WOW’ caught up with the man himself, known his nearest and dearest as Paul Taylor, who said he was loving every minute of playing one of horror’s most famous faces.
“It’s been an absolute joy so far; I’m having a ball,” he enthused.
“I always loved stories about vampires as kid so for me it’s my dream role.
“I do love playing a villain, however it is a bit of a double edged sword as everyone’s got their own idea of what Dracula should look like and how he should act.”
Rather than being in your face horror a la the ‘Scream’ films et al, Paul said Blackeyed’s ‘Dracula’ was a lot eerier and was at its best when it had the audience on the edge of their seats.
“I’ll not lie, there have been people who have been scared at our show. It’s very pervasive there’s an overbearing sense that something isn’t quite right and peril is just around the corner.
“It is shocking but not in the same fashion as a slasher movie.”
As well as playing an iconic role himself, Paul and the rest of the cast have the weight of one hell of a famous novel on their shoulders but he said they’d done Stoker’s words proud.
“John Ginman has done a tremendous job with the adaptation; it’s very true to the original. The book itself was mostly journals so even if you have read it there’ll be a few surprises. It’s obviously very different to ‘Teechers’ but still retains the performance elements Blackeyed are loved for.”