Written & Performed by Brian Cochrane
Directed, etc. by Jamie King

Coming to the Vancouver Fringe Festival: Sept. 6-16, 2018
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Vampires in Barcelona is a true story. Or, as true of a story as “being sent to a vampire bar by a magician you met at a hostel” can be when you’re telling it eleven years after the fact... 

 Photo by Christine Quintana

Photo by Christine Quintana

The year is 2006. Brian is twenty-two years old, backpacking around Europe, and freshly in love. He arrives in Barcelona first thing in the morning after partying all night on a train from Paris. After struggling to find his hostel, sleeping off part of his hangover, and realizing his one year of studying Spanish in university isn’t going to cut it in the Catalan capital, his hopes for a quiet and introspective evening are sidetracked when he meets a heartbroken magician. The magician’s girlfriend has just left him for his best friend. And she’s also a vampire, apparently… But there’s no such thing, right? Maybe if Brian follows the magician’s recommendation and goes to the vampire bar he’ll get some answers… 

It's a funny and intimate piece of theatrical storytelling exploring love, fear, and memory. Fans of The Flame and The Moth ought to dig it.


First production at Upintheair Theatre's rEvolver Festival: May 24-June 4, 2017.
Presenting partner: Rumble Theatre.

"Vampires in Barcelona is very funny, offbeat – and I hesitate to call it sweet – but it’s sweet."
-Jo Ledingham,

"Cochrane’s a master of the deadpan pause... People want to hear something real and honest, and Cochrane offers all that, and ample self-deprecating humour, too."
-Janet Smith, The Georgia Straight 

"Often laugh-out-loud funny, Vampires in Barcelona is cleverly constructed and a winning bit of theatrical storytelling."
-Mark Robins,

The Creative Team:

 This is Brian & Jamie's fifth collaboration.

This is Brian & Jamie's fifth collaboration.

Brian Cochrane is a director & performer who was most recently seen on Vancouver stages in Delinquent Theatre’s Stationary: a recession-era musical (The Cultch, 2015), and The Bomb-itty of Errors (Arts Club, 2014). His most recent directing venture in Vancouver was David Freeman's Creeps (Realwheels Theatre, 2016). He has an MFA in Directing from UBC and a BFA in Acting from the University of Saskatchewan. 

Jamie King’s directing credits include The Wolves (Stones Throw Productions - Pacific Theatre), Bull (Rumble Theatre – Tremors Festival), Wild in Wild/Society (star star theatre 2016 Fringe tour), The Particulars (The EASTWALL/Railtown Eclective), In the Movies, and Drifting (Brave New Playwrights).