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

FOUR OF SWORDS, in collaboration with THE WELLCOME TRUST, EXETER UNIVERSITY and the NATIONAL TRUST, is honoured and proud to announce a brand new show for Autumn and Winter 2019!

DOCTOR DRACULA is another immersive theatre production, drawing on a variety of sources and examining how the symbolic role of blood connects with a cutting edge, medical understanding of blood in the 21st century.

This is a little different from our previous shows. It is not a straight adaptation of the Dracula story. Instead, story vignettes from classic vampire stories will draw the audience back-and-forth through time. Medieval blood-letting and grave-robbing will be contrasted with experiments in parabiosis, blood transfusion, and autovampirism. Misunderstood blood conditions such as haemochromatosis and haemophilia will be highlighted. The show will be playful and irreverent, but also scary, unsettling and deadly serious!

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE!
Dates: 23rd October – 2nd November 2019  Times: 6:30pm & 8:30pm  Price: £17.50
Location: Knightshayes, Tiverton, Devon EX16 7RG

Praise for previous FOUR OF SWORDS shows:

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

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

Audiences will be standing and walking for the duration of the 1 hour 20 min show. Please wear sensible footwear, warm clothing and bring a torch to help you find your way to and from the car! A couple of scenes happen outside, so wear a waterproof coat in case of damp weather.

Please be advised that this show is too creepy for under 11s.

MORE VENUES & DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED!!

photos by Matt Austin Images

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