Blood sucking horror Dracula stars actor from Grove Park

News Shopper: Blood sucking horror Dracula stars actor from Grove Park Blood sucking horror Dracula stars actor from Grove Park

It sucks when you’re fiancée is bitten by a vampire – especially when you have no choice but to stake her through the heart.

But it’s all in a night’s work for versatile actor Andy Brady from Grove Park, who is playing Dr Arthur Seward in a gothic new production of Dracula.

The spine-tingling horror, which is being put on 100 years after Bram Stoker’s death, comes to Fairfield Halls in Croydon on March 6.

Andy told Vibe: “I play Arthur Seward who runs the mental institution.

“He meets his old school friend Jonathan who persuades him to visit Count Dracula – but they don’t know he’s a vampire yet.

“On the way they meet Jonathan’s fiancé and her sister, Lucy.

“Arthur falls in love and gets engaged to Lucy, but she’s been bitten by Dracula and she’s a vampire.

“It’s very dramatic.

“Act one is so nice and fluffy, with everyone’s lives falling into place in a good way, and then in act two he is staking Lucy in the heart.

“Then he tries to battle with Dracula and gets his neck snapped.”

Andy imagines what it would be like to live through the terrible tale, in order to give the most realistic performance.

He added: “Acting-wise it’s a brilliant challenge going through all of those emotions – I imagine how I would feel in that situation.

“It’s not a factual story, but I try to apply as much truth to it as possible.

“Our production isn’t Victorian or modern, we’re making this piece timeless.

“It’s slightly punk, with music like Sid Vicious, but it’s not set in the 80s – it’s very edgy.”

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Andy bought a house in Grove Park a couple of years ago after touring the world with smash hit show, Mamma Mia, for two years.

“It was the best job.” He continued.

“Touring around the world and staying in five star hotels, getting paid every day.

“I saved a very decent amount – so did my cast mates – and another four bought houses practically in the same road.

“It’s the street Mamma Mia bought!”

But Andy’s roles haven’t always been so glamorous.

He told us: “When I was at uni, my friends and I used to be extras on Kilroy.

“We’d dress up as different characters, wear wigs and different outfits and ask questions from the audience.

“You’d get free breakfast and lunch – it was great.

“I’ve done a lot of theatre work in the last 10 years.

“Now I’m trying to do more film and TV work.

“I wouldn’t say no to any soaps.”

Dracula, presented by Ashcroft Theatre Productions in association with Macho Productions, runs from March 6 to March 9.

For tickets, visit fairfield.co.uk

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