Dracula says Give Blood!

Dracula says Give Blood!

Dracula give bloodLismore Theatre Company’s Count Dracula is urging Lismore people to give blood.

‘While the doors of Lismore’s Red Cross Lifeblood are closed, donors need to fly down to Ballina to donate’ said Count Dracula ‘but we will be back here in December to take your blood.’

‘We say ‘Like leaving Dracula in charge of the Blood Bank’ when we describe an inappropriate appointment to a position of power and of course there are all the stories of drinking blood’ says Director of Dracula, Sylvia Clarke. ‘So it was an obvious decision to select this location for a publicity photo.’

After the floods the Lismore Red Cross Lifeblood centre in Bounty Street closed and temporarily relocated to the Richmond Room at the rear of Ballina library.

‘We will be back in our Lismore centre in December’ says Northern NSW Lifeblood Group Account Manager, Scott Morrison. ‘Floods, fire and Covid do not diminish the need for blood supplies so we are always looking to our regular donors and to attract new ones’ Scott added. ‘But perhaps not Dracula’

The original Dracula is a character from the Gothic novel by Bram Stoker written in 1897. This play is a dramatic adaptation of Stoker’s story by playwright Crane Johnson.

Since the publication of the novel and various film adaptations, Count Dracula has become a cult-like figure in modern life yet few know the full story behind the character.

Dracula will be staged at Rochdale Theatre in Goonellabah for four shows only from Friday 28 – Monday 31 October. The final show will have a Halloween theme and the audience is invited to come in dress up.

Seven local actors play the roles in this play with no role dominating. The character of Professor Van Helsing is, interestingly, written for a woman in Johnson’s adaptation.

Tickets can be booked via the website www.lismoretheatrecompany.org.au ($25/$20) Booking enquiries and a special deal for groups of 10 or more, please phone Jenny on 0402651394

Pic Dracula and Lucy outside Lismore Red Cross Lifeblood centre.