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Dracula - The Vampire Strikes Back! by Thos Ribbits and Tim Saward
illustrations by Mini Grey and Brian McKenzie / Photographs by Dave Gatward

Dracula Home (video) | Script and Songs | Digital Show | Characters


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The Digital Show

This was our first attempt to replace a conventional set with a series of digital backdrops, some still, some animated, that showed the audience where they were, and occasionally came to life to become characters (such as the Talking Wall).

Download files to test them out.


Sequence
Opening Vignette and Dracula Caption

The opening sequence that introduces the backstory to the show, over which the Narrator speaks. Use the number buttons to operate the movie (start by pressing "1")

Creator:
Darren Izzard, Mini Grey
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Still Image
Streetscape

A multilayered twilight skyline of London, showing streets full of houses. The predominant colours are blue and grey.

Creator:
Matt Caldwell
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Sequence
Flower Seller Attacked

Shadowplay in which the Flower Seller is crept up on by Dracula, carrying a cricket bat. Requires sound FX of her being hit.

Creator:
Tracy Brown, Matt Caldwell
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Still Image
Coco's Kitchen

A backdrop that summarises Coco's kitchen. They're a poor family in the East End, and being a family of vampire hunters they have a lot of crucifixes and garlic around the place, as well as the usual pots and pans etc.

Creator:
Matt Caldwell
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Still Image
The Park

Railings, trees and nighttime sky form the key elements of this backdrop, against which Sapphi goes hunting in the park after dark, and again in Scene 7.

Creator:
Darren Izzard
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Sequence
Dracula Chases Lucy

Laid over the park backdrop, shadowplay of Lucy pursued by a vampire with a cricket bat. Start it playing with the "1" key.

Creator:
Steve Johnson and Darren Izzard
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Sequence
Vignette II

More dramatic backstory, narrated in real time. Operate with the number keys - in strict sequence starting with "1"

Creator:
Kate Summers, Mini Grey
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Interactive
Dracula Taunts Sapphi

The (Mini Grey) cartoon version of Dracula appears on screen, in front of the park backdrop. A live performer speaks his lines. Once the Flash movie is loaded, hit "H" for a full list of functions.

Creator:
Leon Jollans, Darren Izzard, Mini Grey
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Still Image
Renfield's Surgery

Test tubes and bubbling lotions and ointments as well as more conventional (turn of the century) GP paraphernalia characterise this backdrop, in which the dominant colours are brown and burgundy.

Creator:
Duncan Ellis
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Still Image
Interval Caption

The "brand image" for the show that appears in between acts.

Creator:
Tim Saward, Mini Grey
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Still Image
Castle Exterior

The outside of Castle Dracula, threatening, with another version that shows it lit up by lightning.

Creator:
Victor Craven
10to1 Productions
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Still Image
Castle Interior

The grand hall of Castle Dracula, soaring gothic architecture at midnight.

Creator:
Brian McKenzie
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Interactive
The Talking Wall

A plain-looking, grey stone wall which suddenly opens up to reveal a mouth with a few different "poses". We will switch rapidly between these states as a live actor reads the lines. Operate with the numerical keys on the keyboard.

Creator:
Steve Johnson
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Still Image
Maurits Escher Stairs

Sapphi is trapped in the castle and the backdrop is a confusing array of stairs that seem to defy gravity and sense. Windows and other architecture are also visible at odd angles.

Creator:
Rob Bettelheim
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Still Image
Shaft of light on the Maurits Escher Stairs

Sapphi shoots her catapault at the roof and smashes a tile. A shaft of light comes down the centre of the backdrop.

Creator:
Rob Bettelheim
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Still Image
Renfield's Bat Infirmary

Potions and bandages alongside recuperating bats, hanging upside down in a dark, cavernous sort of space.

Creator:
Darren Izzard
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Still Image
The Belfry

A large, clapperless gold-coloured bell dominates this backdrop, in which we can also see the interior outlines of the bell-tower, with faint dawn light permeating.

Creator:
Tim Saward
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Interactive
Bat Steals Clapper

On top of the Belfry backdrop, the clapper is painted in. A bat (by Mini Grey) flies across the scene, stops at the bell, flapping, and removes the clapper, before flying off at the other side. Operate with the "1" key on the keyboard.

Creator:
Leon Jollans, Mini Grey
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Interactive
Dawn

Laid over the Escher Stairs backdrop, dawn light slowly comes through the windows, growing brighter in four increments.

Creator:
Rob Bettelheim
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Video
Bat Lyrics

In front of the Castle Exterior image, a large white piece of parchment comes down (or is brought down by Mini Grey bats) containing the lyrics to the audience participation song. The words need to be big, so this takes up nearly the whole screen: "When you find that you're in Transylvania/To keep your mind off your bat mania/Find something that will entertain ya/So come on and sing it with me..."

Creator:
Victor Craven, Mini Grey
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The intro movie

The outro movie


Sequence
Outro

A sequence to take us away from the castle and back to the theatre. Operate with the numerical keys on the keyboard.

Creator:
Kate Summers, Victor Craven
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Still
CD Advertisement

A slide that encourages the departing audience to buy the CD of the show.

Creator:
Tim Saward
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Still
The Whole Digital Show (ppt)

The complete Dracula Digital Show in two Powerpoint files (one for each act), with Flash movies embedded. Open the zip file, put all the contents into one directory, and hopefully it should work out of the box. IMPORTANT: remember that when you are in a full-screen slideshow, you can only operate the Flash movies when they have focus, so you will need to subtly click somewhere on the movie in the slide. You also need to click out of the Flash movie in order to return to operating the Powerpoint file.

Creator:
Tim Saward
Downloads:
Download the zip file (22.3MB)