CANCELLED: Doctor Dracula

Date: Wednesday, Mar 18 - Saturday, Mar 28
Venue: Ashton Court Mansion


Innovative new play by Exeter-based theatre company Four of Swords, adding a unique twist to the story of Dracula by urging audiences to give their own blood.

The multi-media production will plunge the audience into an exploration of blood and its symbolic significance in mythology, religion, and literature.

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Following a successful run in Devon, the show is now being re-invented for a new staging at Ashton Court Mansion.

Pitched at the intersection of the arts and medical sciences, the show uses video projections detailing actual patients’ experiences of blood conditions such as haemochromatosis and anaemia.

The story is informed by the academic research of Professor Nick Groom and Dr Luke Pilling of the University of Exeter.

It also aims to improve understanding of rare and treatable blood disorders, to encourage an increase in NHS blood donations and engagement with the university’s Exeter 10,000 research project.

NHS Blood and Transplant, based in Bristol, are supporting the event and are planning to have a stand at performances with leaflets for theatregoers.

March 18-21 and 24-28, 7.30pm plus Sat 2.30pm.


By steve wright, Thursday, Feb 27 2020

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