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Thursday 23 October 2014

Girls vamping it up for fang-tastic Dracula play

From left: Rachel Tucker, Jayne Wisener and Kym Marsh (also below) as the three brides in Jonathan Harker And Dracula
Jonathan Harker And Dracula, starring Gerard McCarthy

It's a role the actors have really sunk their teeth into.

These three very glamorous brides of Dracula will appear in a hotly anticipated multimedia play at the Theatre At The Mill in Newtownabbey.

The fang-tastic trio – Kym Marsh, Jayne Wisener and Rachel Tucker – are in Jonathan Harker And Dracula, which runs from September 18-27, before heading off on a three-month tour.

Starring alongside them will be Belfast actor Gerard McCarthy, previously seen in Hollyoaks and Northern Ireland-based chiller The Fall.

Coronation Street's Marsh, Belfast's Tucker and Coleraine's Wisener will each feature in pre-recorded cameo roles to be projected on stage alongside McCarthy in the one-man show, which is based on Bram Stoker's classic novel.

Former pop singer Marsh, who played Annette in the West End production of Saturday Night Fever and recently performed in Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues, enjoyed her time filming in Belfast on Monday.

"Great day in Belfast," she wrote on Twitter. "Such lovely people."

Tucker, who played Elphaba in the West End production Wicked, and Wisener, who starred in Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd alongside megastar Johnny Depp, will also appear in the pre-recorded cameos.

Wisener is delighted to be involved in the project because she is a huge fan the Gothic horror genre. She also is thrilled to work with McCarthy for the first time.

"And I never get to play a baddie either, except for one episode in Misfits when I had to be a cheerleader/zombie," she said.

"I'd never read the book before, but I've always loved the Dracula story and I'm a bit obsessed with vampires."

The brides of Dracula sequences, which were filmed in Belfast, saw the trio get stuck into recording a song too.

"Basically, we sing a really creepy piece that sounds nasally and harsh," Wisener said. "It's completely at odds with the glamorous way that we look,"

"(Belfast designer) Mary Rose McGrath made the most amazing costumes from scratch and we had to wear false teeth as well.

"It's like nothing I've ever done before and was great fun. It's also given me a taste for playing a vampire again."

Michael Poynor, who adapted and directed the one man show, said the sequences with the brides look amazing because their costumes, hair and make-up far exceeded anything he had hoped for.

"I don't think that there's been a show like this before that has approached the subject in a multimedia way, with multiple screens on stage and live cameras to pick up the actor and project him onto a big screen," he added.

For tickets, visit theatreatthe mill.com or call 028 9034 0202. The recommended audience age is 12 and older.

BACKGROUND

Jonathan Harker And Dracula, starring Gerard McCarthy, opens at the Theatre At The Mill on September 18. The adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula sees the actor playing both Jonathan Harker, whose diaries chronicle the bloody tale, and the greatest supernatural character of all-time. Kym Marsh, Rachel Tucker and Jayne Wisener will appear in cameos.

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