RENAISSANCE MAGIC

A semi-sequel to the hit FAUSTUS at St Nicholas Priory.

In late 2014 and early 2015, Four of Swords explored new territory with a kind of spin-off/quasi-sequel to their hit Hallowe’en adaptation of Christopher Marlowe’s DOCTOR FAUSTUS, entitled DOCTOR FAUSTUS PRESENTS AN EVENING OF RENAISSANCE MAGIC. 

The show was performed at  THE DEVON & EXETER INSTITUTION, and the premise was simple: centuries after the events of Marlowe’s seminal work, Doctor Faustus has impressed Lucifer and been permitted an evening of reprieve from hellish torment in order to impress a new generation of scholars with his magical powers.

The show incorporated speeches from Marlowe’s version with ideas and elements from Marlowe’s source, THE FAUST BOOK, its sequel THE WAGNER BOOK, and various other alchemical and occult tomes. It employed science experiments, spooky stagecraft and interactive magic tricks. Oh yes, and a rap about the nine spheres of the universe.

There are no current plans to revise this production, but…

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Few would contemplate – let alone attempt – a Doctor Faustus spin-off in the form of a cabaret-style magic show, yet Four of Swords pulled it off with trademark wit and inventiveness. Being in the audience for one of their shows is less like going to see a play and more like taking a surreal break from reality!
Gordon Richardson, Express & Echo

I felt completely immersed in the shadowy world of Faustus and Wagner and it was a bit of shock entering back into the real world at the end!  I find you all such mesmerizing performers and I really am not easily pleased.
Audience feedback

Another innovative production from the small crew of actors & actresses. We were sucked in and absorbed by the atmosphere and quality of the production once again.
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DOCTOR DRACULA is an immersive, multi-media theatre experience, which examines the symbolic role of blood in mythology, religion and literature, and how it intersects with a cutting-edge, medical understanding of blood in the 21st century.

The production presents a darkly magical vampiric world, bridging diverse time periods, and informed by the academic research of Prof. Nick Groom and Dr Luke Pilling of Exeter University.

In October and November 2019, the show completed a sold out run at the National Trust’s magnificent KNIGHTSHAYES COURT. In February 2020, DOCTOR DRACULA will run for two weeks at ASHTON COURT MANSION, in Bristol.

ASHTON COURT TICKETS ONSALE HERE!
Dates: 18th-28th March Times: 7.30pm
(2.30pm Sat Matinée) Price: £17.50

Location: Ashton Court, Long Ashton, Bristol BS41 9JN

Praise for DOCTOR DRACULA:

An exceptional piece which fully immerses us in the pain of love, disease and living. Dr Dracula guarantees we won’t forget the importance of blood any time soon.
Katrina Bennett, Razz Magazine

Thank you so much for an absolutely brilliant performance last night — entertaining and informative!
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Enjoyed this so much, it was awesome! Honestly was blown away by the last scene outside.
Audience Feedback

Another part of DOCTOR DRACULA’s remit is to raise awareness of genetic conditions such as haemochromatosis, which is caused by an overload of iron in the blood, and found in about one in 200 people in the UK. However, only about one case in 5000 is ever diagnosed. A simple prevention and cure for haemochromatosis is to give blood (which can be safely used by the NHS as a usual donation). In addition, the performances promote NHS blood donation and subscription to the Exeter 10,000 research project.

photos by Rhodri Cooper and Matt Austin Images

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