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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Inspired by the 2,400 year old proto-horror epic masterpiece by Sophocles, brought shuddering & spluttering to visceral life, in typical FOUR OF SWORDS stylee, we are proud to present, with the generous support of ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND:

FOUR OF SWORDS’ OEDIPUS
1st-18th May 2019
7pm (couple of extra shows at 9pm)
BEER QUARRY CAVES, Seaton EX12 3AT
Tickets £15

The legendary riddle-master Oedipus does battle with the crafty Sphinx! He gains the crown of Thebes, and wins the hand in marriage of its mighty queen, Jocasta. Fast forward to the future, and Thebes is once more under threat: not from a supernatural beast like the Sphinx, but a pestilence which shall not be abated until the murderous criminal harboured in the city’s midst is exposed. Oedipus is determined to fulfil his kingly duty, to hunt out this criminal, and to leave no stone unturned in the pursuit, regardless of the consequences…!

This is an immersive, promenade (walking) theatre show. 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.

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