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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 production stills by Elliot Butler / publicity shots by Matt Austin

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CURRENT SHOWS

TO REFUGE is an immersive theatre experience taking place at The Mermaid on Gandy Street, Exeter. It is based on In the Bowels of the Earth by Ukrainian author Elena Hapieieva, describing her experiences in a makeshift bomb shelter as Russia invades Ukraine. It is a tender, angry, sorrowful portrait of a community suddenly placed under extreme and inexplicable duress.

Beyond Hapieieva’s raw, crucially current text, we cast our gaze backwards and forwards through time. We are performing this play in a basement on Gandy Street which was itself used as a bomb shelter during WW2. Extracts are woven in from other contemporary Ukrainian works and from the Exeter Blitz Project, a piece of verbatim theatre commissioned ten years ago and collecting the memories of those who survived the mass bombing of Exeter during WW2. We want to support, sympathise and express absolute solidarity with our friends in Ukraine, as well as to challenge our audiences to consider what happens next if unbridled aggression is left unopposed.

TO REFUGE is part of the Worldwide Ukrainian Play Readings Project. It is being produced by Four of Swords and Maketank in collaboration with Exeter Phoenix and Arts and Culture Exeter University. Tickets cost £15 and all sales will be going to the Devon Ukrainian Association.

BOOK TICKETS HERE

For more information on the work of the Devon Ukrainian Association, please go to www.devonforukraine.com.

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