FRANKENSTEIN

A sister project to our crowd-fave Jekyll & Hyde and inspired by our work on the text for Cambridge University Press [which earned a nomination for best Secondary School digital product at the British Educational Training & Technology awards], FOUR OF SWORDS’ FRANKENSTEIN presented a visceral, terrifying adaptation of the Gothic classic. 

We created a look for our version which eschewed filmic notions of the Monster for something much more human and faithful to Shelley’s original.

As with previous shows, the production featured live music, larger than life performances, striking production design and, in this case, some sense-shattering savage electro soundscaping!

Our vision of this terrifying tale was last performed in October 2016 at the grand estate of Great Fulford.

Tremendous performance. Loved the atmosphere and imagination. Thought you did a great job
at adapting a weighty text.
Jon Seal, author of Frankenstein: GCSE Literature for AQA Student Book

You might think having the audience shuffle from one room to the next between scenes would break the theatrical spell, but when you find yourself flinching because someone is pointing a pistol in your direction, you realise you’ve suspended your disbelief and become fully immersed… This production – quite possibly their best yet – was 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

Thank you so much for a mesmerising performance in such a perfect setting.
I was blown away by the power and the passion!

Audience Feedback

Truly outstanding performance by Four of Swords. You guys never fail to impress.
Audience Feedback

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

Thanks for the excellent Frankenstein show last night. It was a fantastic atmosphere in Fulford House and a clever interpretation of the story. You even kept a screen-obsessed teenager gripped. Bravo!
Audience Feedback

WE ARE CURRENTLY WORKING TO BRING FRANKENSTEIN BACK… TO REMAIN UP TO DATE WITH FOUR OF SWORDS NEWS, EMAIL PHIL@FOUR-OF-SWORDS.COM & ASK TO BE PUT ON THE MAILING LIST!

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CURRENT SHOWS

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. The show has been updated with 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.

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

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