After 30 years, Dracula’s proves it has legs – eight of them

9 Jul


By Daisy Williams, Bond University Journalism Student

Arachnophobes beware: Dracula’s new show, Spiderlash, has arrived.

The cabaret theatre celebrates its 30th birthday with the creepy crawly inspired show.

Performer Richard Macionis said the show has outdone itself as he returns for his tenth production with the company.
“It isn’t just a different theme but the ante is lifted with bigger production, bigger costume, bigger cast and musicality,” he said.

“It’s exciting to see from my first show in Melbourne how it has grown.”dracs3Director Marc Newman said they are taking the show to new extremes this year, with more trick and treats including a $60,000 chandelier that required redesigning and expanding the roof.

“We are raising the roof, literally,” he said.

Founder and owner John Newman said even though it is an adult production, it is a family affair.
“My son Marc designs the show and writes everything, my other son Paul does all the lighting, sound and welding and electrician and my daughter Haiti is the director and is marvelous with the staff and helps them with everything with Paul’s wife as business manager and Marc’s wife doing costuming,” he said.

“I love seeing my grandsons walking around with handfuls of spiders.”
Joining the cast this season is international performer and aerialist Nicole James who said she is excited to be part of the wonderful production.
“I get to incorporate my four biggest skills- acting, dancing, singing and flying,” she said.

Richard Macionis said the jam-packed evening is a must see.

“You get the ride at the start, food and hospitality service and as far as the show goes, you get song and dance; rock, pop, opera, every genre of music is put into the show along with live musicians, live performers, comedy, magic death defying, acrobatics, circus acts, everything!”

Spiderlash is now playing and tickets can be purchased at


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