After an hiatus of almost a year, FOUR OF SWORDS is back with a vengeance, and supremely excited to be taking an epic but dastardly Ancient Greek double bill on the road! JASON & MEDEA and runs from 25th October through most of November, and takes in Weston-super-Mare, Cleeve Abbey and Beer Quarry Caves.
The first part, JASON & THE ARGONAUTS, is for all ages: a reprisal of FOUR OF SWORDS’ fun-filled adventure which wowed audiences two years ago with carefully choreographed fights and an exciting taiko drumming soundtrack.
“An exuberant production from the excellent Four of Swords!”
The Stage review for JASON & THE ARGONAUTS 2015
The show has been updated with improved puppetry and film projections produced in collaboration with theatre legends Forkbeard Fantasy.
Second on the bill is MEDEA. Although a continuation of the same story, both plays can be viewed separately. Just as well really, seeing as MEDEA is dark and terrifying and not for very young children nor the faint of heart. Freely adapted from the Greek masterpiece by Euripides, it promises to enchant and terrify through gut-wrenching performances, spine-tingling choral singing, innovative film projection and a finale featuring the chariot of the Sun-god himself.
The venues are Theatre Tropicana in Weston, English Heritage’s Cleeve Abbey, and Beer Quarry Caves near Seaton. We are thrilled to be taking the Four of Swords experience to two brand new venues, as well as revisiting the caves in Beer, one of our absolute favourite places to perform.
As with all FOUR OF SWORDS shows, places are limited and early booking is advised. Audience members will be on their feet for most of the 75 minute run time of each play, so comfortable footwear is a must. Wrapping up warm is also advisable! And in Beer and Cleeve, a torch to guide you back safely to your car at the end of the night might also be a good idea.
GET YOUR TICKETS HERE! FULL LIST OF DATES & VENUES
JASON & THE ARGONAUTS – 25th-28th October 2pm matinée – Theatre Tropicana, Weston-super-Mare
MEDEA – 25th-28th October 7.30pm – Theatre Tropicana, Weston-super-Mare
MEDEA – 1st-4th November 7pm & 9pm – Beer Quarry Caves, Beer nr Seaton
MEDEA – 9th-11th November 7pm & 9pm – Cleeve Abbey, Washford nr Watchet
FOUR OF SWORDS and Exeter Phoenix are delighted to publish the results from SUMMER FILM SCHOOL 2017… the Gothic-tastic HAUNTING OF SNOOTY-GREY MANOR! With fun and frolicsome “Making of” documentary!
And on the subject of Film School…
FILM SCHOOL EXTRA is a spin-off from SUMMER FILM SCHOOL: a series of ad hoc two-day mini film schools which focus on specific aspects of the film-making process. In February half-term 2017, students practised their screen acting techniques and collaborated on a short film entitled SHERLOCK HOLMES & THE MYSTIFYING CASE OF THE HORRIBLE SECRET OF GREAT ACTING.
The next FILM SCHOOL EXTRA will take place at Exeter Phoenix. Entitled GHOULS & GHOSTIES & LO-FI SPECIAL EFFECTS, this festive-themed two-day filmmaking workshop will explore ghostly projections, ectoplasmic explosions and all manner of lo-fi special effects. Although there will of course be the opportunity (and necessity!) for participants to flex their film acting muscles, the emphasis for this workshop will be creating practical in-camera special effects.
The final product will be a short film posted to Four of Swords’ Youtube channel. Sign up now, places will be limited and this is likely to be a popular event. This workshop is suitable for children aged 10 – 15 years.
FOUR OF SWORDS is a theatre company specialising in multi-media, site specific and educational work. As you can see above, JASON & MEDEA is our current production. You should come; it’s going to be great! In the meantime, click on a link below to find out about our previous shows:
OUR COMPLETE HISTORY OF SHOWS [click the title for more info on each]:
THE FOUR OF SWORDS MANDATE
SCHOOLS PERFORMANCES / EDUCATION DAYS / WORKSHOPS
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.
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
WHO ARE WE & WHAT ARE WE ABOUT?
FOUR 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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