A DORSET actress who plays a vampire in the hit show Circus of Horrors has revealed she is allergic to stage blood.
She said: “It’s a real pain in the neck. During the show I perform a death defying aerial act, after which I have my throat cut, an illusion that uses half a litre of blood in each show.
“All of a sudden I developed a terrible allergic reaction and my whole neck and shoulders felt like they were on fire.”
Her symptoms got worse until she discovered the nappy care ointment Bepanthen.
She said: “I had no idea what to do. The pain was excruciating. When people suggested putting a cream for baby’s bottoms on my face, neck and shoulders, I thought they were joking, but once I used it there was no going back and I now use it as a barrier before I perform the stunt.”