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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 play plays with how technology has changed our relationship with imagination. And to Dracula.

The Festival 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.

Tickets available from Bram Stoker Festival

Suitable for ages 16+ (under 18’s to be accompanied by an adult). Some adult language and vampiric themes.