Reign of Vampires

The Casa, Liverpool
Wednesday 14th to Saturday 17th May 2014

Reviewed by Lynsey Farrelly

With everything that is currently happening in modern day society, the setting of Reign of Vampires in the 21st century is quite apt. It tells the story of Professor Muhr, played by Adam Byrne, who sets out to expose all the politicians, bankers and people in power as ruthless blood thirsty vampires – keen to feed off the minds of outstanding members of the Human Race who would dare to speak up for the masses subject to deprivation – while greed and hunger for power is the undoing of the world as we know it.

Concealing his identity as Vampire Hunter 830314, Muhr infiltrates political rule, uncovering their agendas and watching them as they live lives of ultimate luxury, amassing more and more wealth while people all over the world feel the bite of poverty and whole counties are brought down as banks collapse. At first Muhr is successful in mastering the ruin of events such as the transmission of the Queens Speech, much to the annoyance of governmental powers he continues to undermine important events whilst no one in power knows his true identity.

Determined to pass on his knowledge and bring down the people at the top so that the power shifts to the masses, he encounters Frederica de Generale an outspoken aspiring young journalist who voices her opinions of the needlessly excessive desire for monetary gain of the banks and their panic to cover up the crashes in 2008 which led to the global recession.

Muhr then sets out to open her eyes to all that these vampires do to manipulate the systems and keep the truth from the global population whilst vying for globalisation. There are references to Marx and Vampire Hunter 830314 sees himself as a modern Marxist character fighting for his possession of truth to be given to the population in order to overthrow the politicians, banks and even churches networking and manipulating with their evil propaganda.

While Julian Bond’s play cleverly ridicules the powers of the governments, churches and monarchs it also echoes the unthinkable realisation of the George Orwell novel 1984 coming into fruition in the modern world. Eleanor Parry’s portrayal of the naïve but passionate de Generale partners well with Adam Byrne, Martin Byrnes and Colin Tyrer also stand out.

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