In 1938, Orson Welles and his collaborators, The Mercury Theatre on the Air, created a live radio recording of Dracula, as part of a series that included the now infamous broadcast of The War of the Worlds. The biggest problem they faced was finding the right sound for a wooden stake impaling a beating human heart. They settled on cracking a hammer into a watermelon.
In Sounds of Wood on Muscle, an ensemble of Ireland’s funniest and most thought-provoking theatre makers, with the entirety of modern technology behind them, feel they can do better than a hammer and a watermelon. In fact, the only problem is when things start to sound a bit too real.
This restaging of an iconic plays with how technology has changed our relationship to imagination. And to Dracula. (Count Dracula that is, not Conor Dracula from School)
We are thrilled to present the world premiere of this disconcerting, funny, contemporary theatre production in the atmospheric St. Ann’s Church, where Bram Stoker married Florence Balcombe in 1878.