The cast of ‘Dracula - The Bloody Truth’ from left, David van der Velden, Jenny Holden, Oscar Macdonald and Amanda Crehen. Photo: Sam Collins.

Nelson Repertory sinks its teeth into new ‘bloody’ show


Nelson Repertory Theatre’s latest production is sure to be one that won’t suck. Or will it?

The critically acclaimed ‘Dracula – The Bloody Truth’ has its New Zealand debut at the Theatre Royal next Wednesday night.

Originally staged in the UK, this Le Navet Bete production will take audiences on a journey across Europe from the Transylvanian mountains to the seaside town of Whitby where Van Helsing and his three actors try to stage a life-changing, factual theatrical production of the events of Dracula.

Four Nelson actors will be playing 30 characters – one of them being production manager, Jenny Holden.

“It’s a very physical comedy with lots of running, airborne props and mad stuff going on,” she says.

“It’s quirky and fast-paced with lots of clever dialogue and a bit of slapstick. Audience members will be included in the fun and all the frantic costume changes are part of the comedy too.”

Jenny, who plays both male and female characters says the play is written by actors who specialise in physical comedy.

“We’re lucky to have this in Nelson.”

Directed by local theatre legend Hugh Neill, it’s on for four shows only, running from 7.30 – 9.30pm each night.

Nelson Repertory Theatre put on four to five shows a year and Jenny says their next show will be in November – a one act play festival in collaboration with other theatre groups.

‘Dracula – The Bloody Truth’ is on at the Theatre Royal from 12 – 15th June. Tickets are available from the Theatre Royal box office or