Dracula: Revamped (4 stars)

Dracula: Revamped

Kielty Brothers take on vampire story doesn't suck

A Glaswegian horror story with a twist or two, this is, of course, the latest summer panto at Oran Mor, penned by the mighty Kielty brothers (John and James) and directed with cartoonish elan by Tony Cownie.

If, to paraphrase Shakespeare, revenge is a dish best served without garlic, neeps seem to be on the menu in a Transylvania which certainly seems more akin to Glasgow's West End. Cue the local gags, featuring some fine wordplay, about West End wannabes, tax exiles and the waning popularity of both the Conservatives and Labour in Scotland.

Mina and Jonathan, played for giggles by Ashley Smith and Darren Brownlie, in this romping, rock 'n' rollin' parody of Hammer horrors past, are a bit virginal, à la Brad and Janet from the Rocky Horror Show, were they raised in Bearsden.

Angela Darcy is uproarious (yet strangely sexy too) as the predatory Igorette, assistant to George Drennan's louche, sardonic Dracula. He in turn wastes no time in getting out his non-euphemistic trumpet to accompany the catchy rockabilly numbers and musical parodies.

It isn't as satirical as previous shows, yet the groan-inducing jokes, like the titular cape swisher, refuse to die and come so thick and fast, it's often hard to keep up.

The storyline, such as it is, involves Dracula's attempt to rekindle his diabolical love affair with Mina, whom he plays like a puppet, before being stabbed, sucked into a Henry The Hoover, and resurfacing in an even more hellish form.

It all resolves, albeit chaotically, into a happy ending, long before the chant of 'wind doon the blind' rings out. Corpsing is actively encouraged here, and it's all pure deadly, and brilliant.

Oran Mor, Glasgow, until Sat 20 Jul. A Play, a Pie and a Pint's Autumn season returns on Mon 26 Aug.

A Play, A Pie and A Pint: Dracula: Revamped

A Play, A Pie and A Pint return to Oran Mor with their Summer Panto by John & James Kielty.