On the Fringe: Rachel Bright of Dracula

Jonno Davies and Rachel Bright in their show 'Dracula'Pic: Jane Barlow

Jonno Davies and Rachel Bright in their show 'Dracula'Pic: Jane Barlow

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RACHEL Bright stars in Dracula at the Pleasance this Fringe. Produced by Action To The Word, it is the premiere of a new steampunk adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic vampire novel.

What do you do? Professionally I’m an actress. But I’m also known as a trainee baker, an old soul and I reckon I single handedly keep the post office running.

Best thing about doing what you do: The best thing about my job is also the worst thing about my job. I never know where or what I’m about to do, each job is different, varied (in length and character) and exciting. This can be amazing, but also very difficult whenever I want to plan anything (and I’m such a planner).

Worst moment ever (on stage): When I was at drama school I had a three page monologue in the middle of a play and the character is onstage on her own talking to the audience, on the second night I blanked after the second line. I literally heard police sirens going off in my head, I had this huge surge of nerves and panic for what seemed like an hour (in all honesty it was probably about three seconds) at that moment I had a can of hairspray in my hand (part of the scene) so I improvised. I talked about hairspray for at least five mins until I found my way back into the monologue. Horrendous. Especially as the director was sat in the front row throwing me very suspicious glances.

Worst moment ever (off stage): I don’t want to depress anyone sooo...What comes to mind most recently happened this April. I was on holiday with a couple of friends (Jonno who is playing Dracula being one of them) and we decided to go to a water park. The boys bullied me into going on a ridiculous ride, of which half way down I was going so fast and the water was flying everywhere I couldn’t breathe properly. It was the most scared and unattractive and panicked I’ve been in a very long time, much to the amusement of my friends, who won’t let me forget about it. I even have a little scar to remind me of the terror.

Plane or Train? Train. Something ceremonial about getting ready for a long train journey.

If you weren’t an entertainer, what would you be? I always wanted to be an artist, so maybe making my millions painting.

Who was the last text you received, from? My friend Oli, asking me what the dates were for the London previews of Dracula!

When was the last time you cried? Yesterday, at a scene I was watching in rehearsals.

Are you on Twitter? Absolutely! @rach_bright

Sell your show in five words: Sexual cacophony of bloody steampunk.

Dracula, Pleasance Beyond, until 25 August, 9.20pm, £11-£14, 0131-556 6550