One man show coming to Smethwick and Walsall

‘Dracula’ flies into Smethwick

Don’t miss a double bill performance of ‘Dracula’ coming up at Forest Arts Centre on the 12th November and Thimblemill Library on the 10th December. The one man show re-tells the famous story and is perfect for a spooky wintery evening at a local venue near you.

One of the Friends of Thimblemill Library Dorothy Williams gives us an idea of what to expect….



(in conjunction with Rabbit Theatre Production, promoted by friends of Thimblemill Library and supported by Black Country Touring)

Always more than just a library, Thimblemill Library, Smethwick, has now established itself as an occasional theatre, following successful productions of “Radio Soop”, “The Tell-Tale Heart”, and “The Taming of the Shrew”. On 10th December this year, when the nights are drawing in, be sure to close the windows and doors and prepare to be afraid because Dracula is approaching! David Mynne will be bringing his one-man performance of Bram Stoker’s classic tale which, as you would expect, includes blood, bats, garlic, gore, lunatics, flies, sexy lady vampires, coffins, crypts and, of course, the Count himself.

The book did not make much money for Bram Stoker; in fact the last year of his life he was so poor that he had to petition for a compassionate grant from the Royal Literary Fund, and in 1913 his widow was forced to sell his notes and outlines of the novel at a Sotheby’s auction, where they were purchased for a little over £2. But the story caught the public’s imagination and lives on.

Count Dracula was based on the appropriately-named Vlad the Impaler of Transylvania whose family had taken the patronym “Dračulea” since being invested in The Order of the Dragon in 1431. Count Dracula, who lives in a spooky castle, is a member of the ‘undead’ surviving only by rising out of his coffin at night and drinking the blood of unsuspecting humans, and ……… well, David Mynne will tell us the rest in a suitably dramatic and terrifying fashion!

From 6.45pm, you can do some early Christmas shopping at various craft stalls and enjoy soup or home-made cakes accompanied by tea, coffee or soft drinks. There will also be a raffle offering various exciting prizes.

As usual, The Friends of Thimblemill Library will use any proceeds raised to fund more activities for local children, so come and join us in this lovely art deco building which lends itself perfectly for live events. Tickets cost £5, but if you buy your ticket before 1st December you pay only £4, so, hurry: tickets are limited and are selling fas­­­­t!

Tickets available from Thimblemill Library on 0121 429 2039. Suitable for 12+

Dorothy Williams