Bram Stoker Festival 2017: Highlight shows announced!

Bram Stoker Festival 2017: Highlight shows announced!

Thursday 17th August

Press Release – 17 August 2017

Bram Stoker Festival 2017 Reveals First Events:

The World Premiere of Colin Dunne’s New Show, A New Score for Cult Classic ‘Vampyr’, & A Night of Music, Giggles and Ghouls at Vicar Street

Bram Stoker Festival, a Dublin City Council and Fáilte Ireland initiative, today announces its return to the Capital City this October Bank Holiday weekend. The festival promises to summon the supernatural as it playfully celebrates the gothic, the mysterious, the after-dark and the thrill of late October as Ireland approaches Halloween and Samhain. Inspired by the legacy of Dublin-born Gothic writer Bram Stoker and his illustrious novel Dracula, Dublin city will get gloriously gothic this October 27th – 30th.

Those looking for a chilling theatrical experience will get their thrills at Whitby in the hauntingly evocative Smock Alley’s Boys School from October 27th to 30th, the world premiere and much anticipated new show from internationally renowned dance artist Colin Dunne and theatre-maker Joan Sheehy. This multi-layered performance piece reimagines the power of Stoker’s gothic masterpiece by focusing on a relatively unknown section of the novel where the ship, the Demeter, brings Dracula from Romania to the port of Whitby.

Fans of classic horror and the culturally curious have the chance to catch a rare screening of 1932 French-German horror movie, Vampyr, in the spectacularly gothic surrounds of St Patrick’s Cathedral on October 27th. Directed by Danish director Carl Theodor Dreyer, it is based on elements of fellow Dublin gothic author J. Sheridan Le Fanu’s collection of supernatural stories In a Glass Darkly. Internationally renowned composer Matthew Nolan has created a deathly new score for this cult favourite which he will perform live on the night alongside leading musicians David Kitt, Margie Lewis, Sean Mac Elaine, and Erik Friedlander.

Thrill-seekers looking for some devilish fun should come along to Turning Vampire Mixtape in Vicar Street on October 29th for a serious night of music, giggles and ghouls. This hi-octane night of songs and collaborations, celebrating all your favourite music from the best known horror movies, brings together some of Ireland’s most talented musicians. Playing alongside The Flux Capacitators, the Turning Pirate house band, will be Lisa Hannigan, Adam Matthews and Niamh Farrell of Hamsandwich fame, with many more to be added to the line-up.

By day, the Bram Stoker Festival programme presents gothic intrigue at family-friendly events, talks and interactive experiences. At night, the city will embrace the darkness as a host of venues deliver deadly adventures for festival goers in search of macabre thrills and late-night parties. The festival programme will include theatre, spectacle, visual arts and music in haunting locations across the city celebrating Dublin’s gothic and supernatural traditions, the city itself and gothic architecture, and links to Samhain festival. The full festival programme will be unveiled in September.


The Boys School, Smock Alley Theatre, 6-7 Exchange Street Lower, Temple Bar, Dublin 8
October 27th – 30th
Previews October 25th & 26th
Tickets: €12 – €15


St Patrick’s Cathedral, St Patrick’s Close, Wood Quay, Dublin 8
October 27th
Tickets: €20

Turning Vampire Mixtape

Vicar Street, 58-59 Thomas Street, The Liberties, Dublin 8
October 29th
Tickets: €28

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Dubliners and visitors to the city are invited to follow the fun using #bitemedublin #fiaclafola at and @bramstokerdub on Twitter and Instagram.


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For further information contact Nigel Goggin or Kerryann Conway at Conway Communications. Tel 01 661 9728, 087 604 1161, 086 821 5246


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