Festival brings Dracula to church

Monday, March 19, 2012

 

THE HORROR classic Nosferatu is to be screened in a Ventnor Church as part of this year’s Isle of Arts Festival, marking the centenary of Bram Stoker’s death.

On April 20, exactly 100 years to the day since Dracula novelist Bram Stoker died, the Isle of Arts festival will be hosting a celebration of his life and work.

The evening will include a personal introduction by the novelist’s great grandson, Noel Dobbs and a talk from Stoker expert, Brian J. Showers at Ventnor Library.

In a statement issued today (Monday), Isle of Arts organisers said Bram Stoker had a unique connection to the Island.

"Not only did he visit the poet Alfred Lord Tennyson at Farringford, the Stoker family has a home here.

"Noel Dobbs, who lives in Seaview, recently discovered his famous ancestor’s private notebook revealing some of the origins of the chilling Dracula character. It is soon to be published as The Lost Journal of Bram Stoker: The Dublin Years.

"One lucky visitor to the event will receive a signed copy of the journal.

"Later, as darkness falls, we will be screening the original Dracula movie Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror in St Catherine’s church. The 1922 silent classic was the first of many films featuring the infamous count, but is still considered to be one of the best," said a spokeswoman.

Pianist Mick Smith will add to the atmosphere by providing musical accompaniment.

"A glass of wine is included in the ticket price and a selection of garlic nibbles, courtesy of the Garlic Farm will be available to keep any vampires at bay," said the spokeswoman.

The talk begins in Ventnor Library at 6.30pm Nosferatu will be shown at 9pm at the church.

Check out our eight page guide to this year’s Isle of Arts Festival in the County Press on Friday, March 23.

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