Donna here is reviewing one of the two stories I'm doing under the Vampires In The Vault heading, namely Blood And Stone, the real life 'Countess Dracula'. I'm performing that show every second day, tonight (i.e Tue 11 August) & also Thur 13 & Sat 15 at 17.55. The other story, The Gorbals Vampire, very warmly received last night, is being performed, same time, same place, on Wed 12 & Fri 14. Venue is Paradise In The Vault, 11 Merchant Street, venue 29, just uphill from the Grassmarket, just down the hill from Greyfriars Bobby, turn the corner at the Oz Bar and go under the bridge. You can book through www.paradise-green.co.uk (0131 510 0022) or the edfringe office at: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/vampires-in-the-vault
But also for convenience's sake, I'll paste in the review text below. Thank you, Donna!
We all like a good story. We tell them to each other every day, emphasising the key details to excite our friends’ attention. Marty Ross has perfected this art of storytelling and will captivate your attention for an entire hour leaving you imagining that you are sitting in the depths of the ancient, mouldering castle where this thrilling tale takes place.
The show alternates between two pieces, with tonight’s performance telling the thrilling tale of Blood and Stone. The story provides a sequel to Hungary’s infamous tale of Countess Elizabeth Bathory, unravelling the layers to the countess’s story as the mystery of this seemingly vampiric woman, is picked apart by an intriguing visitor to the castle.
The performance moves at a seemingly impossible speed and with a furious energy. Ross seems to have no need to stop and come up for air, effortlessly switching between characters to deliver a fluid and captivating sequence of events and detailed imagery. The pace of the narrative is well-timed to add mystery and intrigue that really draw the audience in. There is barely any evidence of movement from any of the audience members—no fidgeting or turning of heads to read others’ reactions—as Ross has their full attention throughout the performance.