Rock: Darlington Civic Centre
auditorium of Darlington Civic Theatre was packed
to the rafters for the first of two sellout
performances of Steve Steinmans cult
classic, Vampires Rock.
Set in New York in 2030, the undead are among us
and livelier than ever.
A young girl named Pandora (Emily Clark) has
skipped school to attend an audition to be the
resident rock singer at the Live and Let Die
There she encounters Baron Von Rockula
(Steinman), who instantly falls in love with her
and is determined that she should become his new
bride Shame he didnt bother to consult his
current Devil Queen (Toyah Willcox, pictured),
who is none too impressed with the idea.
Ostensibly, Vampires Rock is The Rocky Horror
Show for hot-blooded heterosexual hairy bikers
and heavy metal heads.
More vamp than camp, more gothy than frothy, the
show uses its storyline which is as
translucent as a vampires skin in the
midday sun to string together some of the
greatest rock anthems of all time.
Theyre all there, from Killer Queen to
Total Eclipse of the Heart, The Final Countdown
to Bat out of Hell.
Steinman, Willcox and Clark, who delivered
stunning vocal performances, were backed by a
five-piece band, whose acoustics almost lifted
the roof right off the grand old theatre, they
really whipped the crowd up into a frenzy.
The shortcomings of the storyline are compensated
by the energy and enthusiasm that the cast put
into the show which, ultimately, is what makes
Vampires Rock a great night out.
The Northern Echo