BRAM Stoker's Dracula is a big novel – long, full of characters and taking place over many hundreds of miles.

In this adaptation by John Ginman, five actor-musicians play multiple parts and make creative use of limited scenery and props to evoke the scale of Stoker's story.

The look of the show is indebted to German silent movies, with an asymmetrical set dominated by a big, out-of-kilter window frame and a platform of scaffolding.

Dracula himself wears big hair, long nails and a long leather coat, suggesting the character's incarnation in the 1922 film Nosferatu.

Dracula and the vampire hunter Van Helsing never meet in the novel, so Blackeyed Theatre have them played by the same actor – Will Bryant, who is brimming with menace as the villain one minute and calmly rational as the hero, sometimes seconds later.

But if Dracula has a nemesis in this production, it's his intended victim Mina, whose role is amplified in Ginman's adaptation and played with a convincing strength by Rachel Winters.

The production demands a fair bit of imagination from the audience, who might feel there are too many preliminaries to the blood-letting.

But in a succession of vivid sequences – especially the pursuit of the vampire Lucy (Katrina Gibson) and Dracula's final visit to Mina – it is intensely thrilling.