JASON & THE ARGONAUTS

Lord of the Sun, on this day of high Summer, hear us!!

FOUR OF SWORDS was honoured to be commissioned in 2015 by EXMOUTH FESTIVAL to produce a fun-filled, family-friendly adaptation of the rip-roaring Greek myth JASON & THE ARGONAUTS.

The annual High Summer Festival of Colchis (complete with taiko drumming and led by High Priestess Medea) is interrupted by the arrival of Argonaut commandos from across the sea, led by dashing prince Jason. Our spectacular show also features a fire-breathing bull, undead warriors and the Dragon Who Never Sleeps!

JASON & THE ARGONAUTS took place at the Rolle Centre, the former site of Rolle College, in Exmouth. This was the first time that the Rolle site had been open to the public in six years.

This exuberant production from the excellent Four of Swords makes full and imaginative use of Rolle College.
Anne Broom, The Stage

If you’re looking for an entertaining and intriguing evening of theatre that everyone can enjoy… this is highly recommended.
Ben Rodwell, Remote Goat

Always thought provoking, never disappointing and fantastically good value, if Medea hadn’t lopped all my digits off, I’d be giving Jason and the Argonauts two massive thumbs up.
Audience feedback

My goodness! Ruddy amazing! The best thing I’ve ever seen – cheesy and probably cliché as it sounds, I was totally immersed. I would like to be able to add something constructive where things might have been improved but I can’t, of course I can’t, it was too brilliant. Actually, yes, it could be improved by following people on their way home and jumping out of bushes, telling them that the Gods were watching!
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As with previous shows, the overall JASON & THE ARGONAUTS project included a host of other mini-events. In this case:

A SCHOOLS-ONLY PERFORMANCE of the play to 70 Exmouth Primary School students. Needless to say, they loved it.

TWO WORKSHOPS for young people also complemented the show, held at Exmouth Library with the kind support and assistance of the staff there. Our keen workshoppers learned a variety of storytelling and puppetry techniques and staged their own mini-myth skits!

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LIAISON WITH EXMOUTH ARTIST MICHAEL BUCKLAND

FOUR OF SWORDS was very lucky to be visited during the rehearsal process by wonderful local artist [EXMOUTH FESTIVAL’s “Artist in the Park”] and all-round gentleman Michael Buckland. His sketches form a marvellous and unusual record of the play.

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Performance photos by Elliot Butler:

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More sketches from Michael Buckland:

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Photos by Matt Austin:

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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.

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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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