ABOUT US


FOUR OF SWORDS was founded in 2012, born of two friends’ determination to create immersive, dynamic, sense-shattering theatre shows… But not theatre shows that actually take place in theatres…

Philip Kingslan John and Sarah White aspired to use theatrical story-telling techniques in unusual and evocative places, to integrate actors’ performances with film projection and live music, to put audience members in the thick of the action and create intimate productions with popular appeal and educational value.

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 the last five years, and succeeded in developing a formula which seems to resonate with people and keep them coming back for more.

Our most recent show was a re-interpretation of Euripides’ Greek classic MEDEA, complete with cool mask work, a creepy sung chorus, and a glittering finale with the sun god himself! Behold the trailer for that show:

In five years we have created seven brand new shows (eight if you count our experimental FAUSTUS spin-off), six of which were very gratefully supported by Arts Council England. We have performed in ten incredibly atmospheric venues, as well as numerous schools, and to over 10,000 audience members. 45% of our audience members do not count themselves as regular theatre-goers.

We have also established ourselves as innovators in the field of theatre in education, having built a diverse portfolio of collaborations with partners such as Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Devon Libraries, English Heritage, Exeter Phoenix Arts & Media Centre and Plymouth, Cambridge and Exeter Universities. We have also been working closely with a Chinese Summer School, and plans are afoot to take our SUMMER FILM SCHOOL brand out to Shanghai.

Here’s a video of some lovely audience members saying nice things about us! And underneath you can watch a film which gives a good overview of what we get up to on SUMMER FILM SCHOOL.

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

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CURRENT SHOWS

Just as Summer time is flourishing on the earth, FOUR OF SWORDS desires to lead you into the underworld of BEER QUARRY CAVES for their own unique and blood-curdling version of The Scottish!

This subterranean production is a revival of FOUR OF SWORDS’ hit 2014/16/18 show, and presents the Witches as Viking priestesses and goddesses of Destiny who guide the audience through the labyrinthine caverns of Macbeth’s homicidal ambition. The show features Shamanic techniques, haunting live music, gruesome film projections, Icelandic chanting, a splash or two of gore and even some Highland sword-dancing.

The company deserve huge applause – there were strong performances
all round with too many stand-out moments to describe.
Anna Marks, Remotegoat

The connected caves – complete with bats – echo with a constant drip-drip-drip,
perfectly conjuring the chill dankness of a medieval Scottish castle.
Belinda Dillon, Exeunt Magazine

As with previous FOUR OF SWORDS productions, audiences will be standing and walking for the duration of the 1 hour 15 min show. Please wear sensible footwear, warm clothing and bring a torch to help you find your way to and from the car! Please be advised that this show is too creepy for under 11s.

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE!
Dates: 26th-29th June 2019  Times: 7pm & 9pm  Price: £15
Location: Beer Quarry Caves, Quarry Lane, Beer, Seaton, Devon EX12 3AT

FOUR OF SWORDS’ version of MACBETH was designed expressly for BEER QUARRY CAVES, first performed in 2014 and repeated in 2016 and 2018. We have have been immensely gratified to receive some amazing feedback from our audiences. Here are some choice snippets!

A fantastic experience. I have finally ‘got’ Shakespeare and now want to see more, having resisted it for years. The production was incredible – so intense and absorbing.

We have just got home after watching your performance of Macbeth at Beer quarry caves. We were totally blown away by it. I love going to the theatre but that was one of the best performances I’ve seen. My husband isn’t a keen theatre person but absolutely loved it.

We are both COMPLETE Shakespeare virgins (managed to avoid the whole subject at school.) Now at the ripe old age of 40+ we thought ‘there must be something to this Shakespeare thing’. You didn’t disappoint. Just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed the performance. We enjoyed the whole thing, the candles, the acting, the tragedy of it all. I have since ordered myself a copy of Macbeth to read, so there’s testament to my enjoyment.

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