This project is a play based on the life of Bram Stoker. Simply titled Stoker, it is set towards the end of the Dublin writer's life. Stoker uses performance, lighting, live music, and original text to celebrate and commemorate Bram Stoker's achievements as a writer, but it is also concerned with Stoker's legacy as a friend, a husband and a father. It dramatises his relationships with his wife and son, his connections to Oscar Wilde, and significantly, his life-long working partnership with Henry Irving, the Shakespearean actor.
Through a series of dramatic insights and scenes, the play considers the key influences on Stoker's literary writings: significantly, his mother's memories of the aftermath of the Famine in the west of Ireland (arguably resulting in the name Dracula from the Irish droch fhola), the atmosphere and vibrancy of mid-Victorian Dublin, and his successful career as the actor-manager of the Lyceum Theatre in London.
Weaving together different strands of Stoker's life, writer Paul Walker utilises the idiom of Dublin vernacular, the rhythm of Victorian language, the culture and life of the theatre actor, special lighting effects, and an original musical score informed by the mood of the period, to address and explore the central themes of Stoker's life and work.
In the centenary of Bram Stoker's death, Ouroboros Theatre’s production of Stoker will take place in Stoker’s Alma mater, Trinity College, Dublin at the Samuel Beckett Theatre.
Production by Ouroboros Theatre
preview thurs 25th Oct 7.30pm, preview2 friday 26th Oct
Opening in association with DCC Stoker festival on saturday 27th oct. 7.30pm
Sunday 28th oct 4pm.
Monday 29th to saturday 3rd November 6.30pm
Sunday 4th 4pm.
Monday 5th to friday 9th 7.30pm
Saturday 10th 2.30pm matinee and evening show at 7.30pm
Sunday 11th Nov 4pm.
Written by: Paul Walker
Stoker played by: Denis Conway
Henry Irving/Oscar Wilde played by Robert O'Mahony.
Florence and other women played by Ruth McGill.
Directed by: Karl Shiels
Original Score by: Roger Gregg
Lighting by: Andy Cummins