"This dance version of Dracula was very much the vision of choreographer Mark Bruce and what he has done with it is very true to the book," Jonathan says. "We've really looked at the Gothic part of the novel, going back to the themes of the Victoria era when it was written, when religion versus science was a prominent issue.
"When I got this part, the first thing I did was to read the book and I consciously didn't watch the films. There are so many modern adaptations where you are made to feel sorry for the vampires but the book is actually about real fear not that romantic image of Dracula."
"We weren't sure if it could work out, but together Mark and I discovered what a dancing Dracula could be," he adds, laughing.
"There's a totally different mindset between actors and dancers," muses Jonathan. "Actors find the characters from within themselves while dancers just do what you tell them with the choreography and you have to work on the dramatic side of things later.
"With dancers you have to feed them and then they look at you afterwards to say 'did you like it?' With actors, they are given a character and they do something with it themselves. They don't look at you to ask for approval, so you need to be more careful with the language you use with actors in order to encourage them. However, most actors are very open to getting movement direction and a lot of plays now have a movement director."
"I think I've still got some years of performing in me yet, but I came up with the scheme because I was keen to demystify dance, I guess that it is some kind of legacy," adds Jonathan. "The project has taken on a life of its own.
"I wanted to make dance accessible to everyone as it can feel like it is something that is closed off, but making decisions about movement is something everyone can do. I see new ideas from the children and it's inspiring to see what they do with it."
Mark Bruce Company presents Dracula
The Patrick Centre, Hurst Street, Birmingham
Wednesday October 15 – Saturday 18 October - 8pm
Recommended age for the show: 14
Running Time - 2hrs plus interval.
Tickets cost £15 or £10 concessions by calling 0844 338 5000 or booking online at the DanceXchange website.