VAMPIRES IN THE VAULT
A dramatic storytelling show by MARTY ROSS
Paradise In The Vault (venue 29)
11 Merchant St. EH1 2QD
8 – 15 August 17.55
Tickets £8 / £6 (2for1 on 10th. & 11th.)
After his popular 21st. Century Poe shows at 2013 & 2014's Edfringe, live storyteller and playwright Marty Ross (BBC Radio drama; Doctor Who & Dark Shadows audio) descends once again into the Vault with a themed show alternating two vampire tales – dare you see them both?
His radically updated Poe shows saw Ross acclaimed as “a compelling onstage presence”, “a master craftsman who never turns down the pressure” with a gift for “insanely good storytelling” and “a great aptitude for suspense & terror”. Now he descends deeper into the dark with stories of vampirism, historic and modern, supernatural and disturbingly real.
In THE GORBALS VAMPIRE, being performed on Sat 8th, Mon 10th. Wed 12th. & Friday 14th. August, Glasgow's very own urban legend of an iron-toothed vampire in the city's Southern Necropolis inspires a disturbing tale of innocence lost. Twenty years ago, Timmy disappeared in the graveyard, victim of a schoolkid prank. Now he's back, to tell the tale of where he's been... and how close he came to being trapped there forever.
In BLOOD & STONE: Lullaby For A Vampire Countess, being performed on Sun 9th. Tue 11th. Thurs 13th. & Sat 15th. August, Ross again draws on a true tale, in this case that of the Hungarian Bloody Countess Elizabeth Bathory, aka “Countess Dracula”, who in the early 1600s was imprisoned in her castle for bathing in the blood of her victims. This fictional sequel to the historical story imagines a servant listening to the Countess' protestations of innocence and being tempted to set her free.... (Marty Ross' audio drama version of this story was nominated for a 2012 Rondo Award – the horror world's Oscars – and can be downloaded here:
Anyone who has seen Ross' previous shows will be aware of his ability, with the simplest resources, to – as Broadway Baby said - “ paint vile pictures and weave a grotesque spell over his listeners”, to create, in the words of Fringe Review “an immensely entertaining ride that scared and shocked in equal measure – a fair ground ghost ride for the 21st. Century.” Forget any quaint olde-worlde notions of live storytelling – this is storytelling as visceral, in your face, expressionistic, full tilt theatre, Ross using bold gesture and imagistic language as he shifts fluidly across a whole dramatis personae of characters innocent and monstrous, young and old, male and female, good and evil. Horror and dark humour, stark tragedy and grand guignol, Gothic Hungary and the hard side of modern Glasgow, are all evoked as vividly as in any classic horror film. Descend into The Vault and see for yourself, if you dare....