A rare opportunity to cross the threshold of the National Botanic Gardens after dark
Presented by The Bram Stoker Festival & The National Botanic Gardens of Ireland
CONCEPT, WRITING & DIRECTION. Michelle McMahon
CAST. Shane Thomas Whisker, Michelle McMahon, Michael Cusick, Sophie Jo Wasson
DRAMATURGY. Peter Dunne
LIGHTING DESIGN. Sarah Jane Shiels
COSTUME & PROP DESIGN. Mary Sheehan
STAGE MANAGEMENT. Sinead Heavin
LADIES DRESS MAKING. Mary Kirwan
PROGRAMME DESIGN. Freya Bateson
MAKE UP. Rebecca Kivlehan
PRODUCTION STILLS ©Allen Kiely | Bram Stoker Festival
"It is only when a man feels himself face to face with such horrors that he can understand their true import”. Bram Stoker, Dracula
As night falls on the garden’s oasis of calm and beauty, a dark heart begins to beat deep in the Victorian glasshouse. Things are coming into bloom. Welcome to the world of Nightmare Plants, where nature’s power to poison, seduce and intoxicate is on display.
Your host is a centuries old plant hunter; a mysterious purveyor of new and unusual species. He has trialled and tested the most deadly of Mother Nature’s creations. Now, for the first time, he’s opening his glass palace for guests to see his life’s work. Find out for yourself what secrets lie within, and what memories must be exorcised before the sun rises. Nightmare Plants is an immersive performance, told by an ensemble of actors.