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Watch The Gothic Horror Story With A Feminine Twist
Don't call me 'Master', call me 'Mistress'.

This is Count Dracula with one huge difference as the lord of the vampires is actually portrayed as a woman in this all-female production by the Scary Little Girls theatre company.

Dracula: The Kisses, Scary Little Girls
Dr Harkness beset by demons in Dracula: The Kisses

The cast of eight women take on all the roles themselves in this classic gothic horror story.

But while some of the traditional male characters created by Bram Stoker remain intact, in particular those of Professor Van Helsing and Dr Jonathan Harkness, the same cannot be said for Dracula.

Dracula: The Kisses, Scary Little Girls
The all-female cast also took on males roles such as Jonathan Harkness (left) and Van Helsing

Scary Little Girls was set up with the aim of turning stories that are normally portrayed solely from the male perspective on their head, while also promoting the artistic work of women.

Their latest production, Dracula: The Kisses, clearly breaks new ground with Dracula cast as the mistress of Transylvania.

Dracula: The Kisses, Scary Little Girls
Eerie goings-on in Dracula re-make

But the story remains very much true to the original, with suitably eerie and menacing spells alongside the occasional comic moments as the forces of good battle evil.

Dracula: The Kisses has been enriched with new characters and new material as Scary Little Girls add feminism and sexuality to the usual mix.

Dracula: The Kisses, Scary Little Girls
Dr Harkness is at the centre of gothic horror story

In fact, women are condescendingly parodied on occasion with comments such as only a male blood transfusion being capable of saving Dracula's victim Lucy, and Dr Harkness's wife Mina being paid the compliment of having a "man's brain".

Excellent performances were evident throughout, including that of mental patient Renfield.

Tour Dates

Thursday 3 March - The Theatre Chipping Norton 01608 642 350
Thursday 17 March - The Landmark Theatre Ilfracombe 01271 324 242
Saturday 19 March - Cornerstone Arts Centre Didcot 01235 515144
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Why? Classic Horror Story Enjoys Rare Twist
When: February 12, 2016
Phone: 01543 412121
Where: Lichfield Garrick, Castle Dyke, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 6HR
Cost: 15 (10 students)
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