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The Doctor Dracula project has been kindly funded by the Wellcome Trust’s Public Engagment Fund. Furthermore, this run of the show has been something of a pilot; we will be reviving it in the new year and working hard to improve it.

It would therefore be incredibly useful to gather feedback on this iteration of Doctor Dracula.

If you’ve seen the show and can spare us a few moments, please go to this survey and complete it: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/YLZMQHM

FOUR OF SWORDS, in collaboration with THE WELLCOME TRUST, EXETER UNIVERSITY and the NATIONAL TRUST, is honoured and proud to announce a brand new show for Autumn and Winter 2019!

DOCTOR DRACULA is another immersive theatre production, drawing on a variety of sources and examining how the symbolic role of blood connects with a cutting edge, medical understanding of blood in the 21st century.

This is a little different from our previous shows. It is not a straight adaptation of the Dracula story. Instead, story vignettes from classic vampire stories will draw the audience back-and-forth through time. Medieval blood-letting and grave-robbing will be contrasted with experiments in parabiosis, blood transfusion, and autovampirism. Misunderstood blood conditions such as haemochromatosis and haemophilia will be highlighted. The show will be playful and irreverent, but also scary, unsettling and deadly serious!

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE!
Dates: 23rd October – 2nd November 2019  Times: 6:30pm & 8:30pm  Price: £17.50
Location: Knightshayes, Tiverton, Devon EX16 7RG

For guests to the later shows, KNIGHTSHAYES is offering a homemade, delicious
meal made using both local and estate grown produce. Click here for details!

Praise for previous FOUR OF SWORDS shows:

A potent reminder of the power of theatre to shock, unsettle and make us question our most basic assumptions about what it is to be human.
Gordon Richardson, Express & Echo

Still trying to shake off the feeling that I saw
something unexplainably real last night,
and tell myself it was only THEATRE.
Teacher Feedback

Audiences will be standing and walking for the duration of the 1 hour 20 min show. Please wear sensible footwear, warm clothing and bring a torch to help you find your way to and from the car! A couple of scenes happen outside, so wear a waterproof coat in case of damp weather.

Please be advised that this show is too creepy for under 11s.

MORE VENUES & DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED!!

photos by Matt Austin Images

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Slightly delayed, it is nonetheless our great pride, pleasure and privilege to present to the scrutiny of the world the splendiferous results of our SUMMER FILM SCHOOL 2018… Ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, we give you GUARDIANS OF (WHAT’S LEFT OF) THE GALAXY!!

SUMMER FILM SCHOOL is a collaboration between FOUR OF SWORDS and Exeter Phoenix. The project was founded in 2014 by Damo Cross, a director who wanted to provide a “full fat” film-making experience for aspiring actors and auteurs aged 10-14. FOUR OF SWORDS was formally brought on board the following year and has been taking the lead organising and co-ordinating the project since 2016. This year’s offering is a science fiction re-styling of The Canterbury Tales…

‘It’s no mean feat keeping a 13 year old completely absorbed, engaged and creatively challenged for a week… It’s been great for his confidence and shown him endless creative possibilities.’
Parent feedback

And you can check out the “Behind The Scenes / Making Of” documentary here:

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OUR COMPLETE HISTORY OF SHOWS [click the title for more info on each]:

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SCHOOLS PERFORMANCES / EDUCATION DAYS / WORKSHOPS

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FOUR OF SWORDS has been working hard to build up its portfolio of schools visits and educational projects. We have now performed for 1,000 students in total and collaborated with CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS on the production of digital resources for schools.

For more information please visit the EDUCATION section of our website.

Are you a teacher? Do you work at a school or perhaps a youth group or language school? Surely you MUST be interested in booking FOUR OF SWORDS for a special performance of MACBETH, JEKYLL & HYDE, GAWAIN & THE GREEN KNIGHT or DOCTOR FAUSTUS!? We also offer supremely enlightening workshop sessions!

“The children felt very special to have a performance just for them…
I’ll never forget the look of horrified delight on their faces.”
Teacher feedback, Clyst Vale Community College

The best impact day we’ve ever had!
Teacher feedback, St Peter’s C of E Aided School, Exeter

SCHOOLS PERFORMANCES / EDUCATION DAYS / WORKSHOPS / MORE INFO CLICK HERE

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WHO ARE WE & WHAT ARE WE ABOUT?

dog and tequila redux finished better webFOUR OF SWORDS THEATRE was founded in 2012, born of two friends’ determination to create sensational theatre. After several months of careful planning, in 2013 FOUR OF SWORDS exploded onto the South West theatre scene with two stonking shows.

We’ve come a long way in a short few years, and succeeded in developing a formula which seems to resonate with people and keep them coming back for more. In short, we are all about creating accessible, vibrant versions of classic stories in unusual spaces. We want to confront and break down notions of what is and is not viable or acceptable as part of a play. We are enthusiastic about multi-media and the use of live music. But most importantly, we want the audience to get swept up in the story.

There’s only one problem with intimate and almost tangible theatre like this, the kind that which surrounds you, whisks you up and takes you with it – you won’t want to go back to sitting in an auditorium again.”
Fran McElhone, Express & Echo

“I was completely transported, I haven’t had such an intense theatre experience in such a long time and it’s so exciting to see something like that in the South West.”
Audience member feedback

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CONTACT US

If you would like to join the mailing list and be kept up to the minute informed, OR indeed if you would like to suggest a funky venue we may not have thought of… then get in touch: sarah@four-of-swords.com or phil@four-of-swords.com

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FOUR OF SWORDS, in collaboration with THE WELLCOME TRUST, EXETER UNIVERSITY and the NATIONAL TRUST, is honoured and proud to announce a brand new show for Autumn and Winter 2019!

DOCTOR DRACULA is another immersive theatre production, drawing on a variety of sources and examining how the symbolic role of blood connects with a cutting edge, medical understanding of blood in the 21st century.

This is a little different from our previous shows. It is not a straight adaptation of the Dracula story. Instead, story vignettes from classic vampire stories will draw the audience back-and-forth through time. Medieval blood-letting and grave-robbing will be contrasted with experiments in parabiosis, blood transfusion, and autovampirism. Misunderstood blood conditions such as haemochromatosis and haemophilia will be highlighted. The show will be playful and irreverent, but also scary, unsettling and deadly serious!

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE!
Dates: 23rd October – 2nd November 2019  Times: 6:30pm & 8:30pm  Price: £17.50
Location: Knightshayes, Tiverton, Devon EX16 7RG

Praise for previous FOUR OF SWORDS shows:

A potent reminder of the power of theatre to shock, unsettle and make us question our most basic assumptions about what it is to be human.
Gordon Richardson, Express & Echo

Still trying to shake off the feeling that I saw
something unexplainably real last night,
and tell myself it was only THEATRE.
Teacher Feedback

Audiences will be standing and walking for the duration of the 1 hour 20 min show. Please wear sensible footwear, warm clothing and bring a torch to help you find your way to and from the car! A couple of scenes happen outside, so wear a waterproof coat in case of damp weather.

Please be advised that this show is too creepy for under 11s.

MORE VENUES & DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED!!

photos by Matt Austin Images

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