INTERVIEW: Lauren Waine on the trail of vampires

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SUNDERLAND actress Lauren Waine can’t wait to get her teeth into her latest role – as a vampire hunter pursuing Dracula in the comedy play Dracula: Die Laughing, which runs in Sunderland at the end of the month.

Lauren, 17, who lives in Seaburn, is a former member of the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain.

The former Monkwearmouth School pupil attends St Peter’s College, Sunderland, where she is studying English literature, media and drama.

Lauren has notched up a number of film and TV appearances, including Sunderland’s rising folk act The Lake Poets’ music video and she featured as the soloist in 100 Faces and Metro the Musical, both produced by BBC Newcastle.

Having played Anne in The Diary of Anne Frank at Sunderland’s Royalty Theatre, Lauren is delighted to be starring in a play in her hometown.

She said: “Dracula: Die Laughing is a hilarious spoof of the Dracula genre. It’s written by Ed Waugh who’s co-written plays including Dirty Dusting, a Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Durham, Maggie’s End and others that are being produced in the UK and New Zealand this year.

“Ed asked me to read the Mackem Nativity for the Sunderland Echo Christmas service at Sunderland Cathedral last December and it went down well. I’m delighted to be in the cast for Dracula Die Laughing. It will be just that, a fantastic laugh.”

Dracula: Die laughing plays the Isis pub in Silksworth Row from Thursday, October 31, to Saturday, November 2 before it’s shown at the world-famous Whitby Goth Festival.

Tickets are £8, or £5 concessions, and are available from the Isis or from Tel. 514 7684.