MACBETH

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FOUR OF SWORDS has twice performed its chilling interpretation of Shakespeare’s badass Scottish at the supremely atmospheric Beer Quarry Caves.

Our subterranean version presents the Witches as Viking priestesses and goddesses of Destiny who guide the audience through the labyrinthine caves and twisty cavernways of Macbeth’s homicidal ambition.

The show features Shamanic techniques, haunting live music, gruesome film projections, a quad-bike, Icelandic chanting, a splash or two of gore and even some Highland sword-dancing.

The company deserve huge applause – there were strong performances all round with too many stand-out moments to describe.
Anna Marks, Remotegoat

The connected caves – complete with bats – echo with a constant drip-drip-drip, perfectly conjuring the chill dankness of a medieval Scottish castle.
Belinda Dillon, Exeunt Magazine

FOUR OF SWORDS is becoming renowned for staging fabulous productions in unusual locations and this was no exception… A brilliant reimagining.
Jenna Richards, Phonic FM

The acting was incredible and in that setting it felt as though we were really there. I love going to the theatre but that was one of the best performances I’ve seen. My husband isn’t a keen theatre person but absolutely loved it.
Audience feedback

It has improved my understanding of the story immensely and I have many positive thoughts on old English literature and language after watching your play.
Audience feedback [Year 9 student]

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ACCOMPANYING EDUCATIONAL WORK

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FOUR OF SWORDS has also developed a humorous, interactive, multi-media version of MACBETH which has proven to be a sure-fire hit with schools. FOUR OF SWORDS has visited a number of schools in the South West between Exeter and Bristol and has performed to 1,000 students.

The best Impact Day we’ve ever had.
Teacher feedback, St Peter’s, Exeter

For more information on FOUR OF SWORDS’ education work and for details on how to book a performance at your school, click here or email phil@four-of-swords.com.

  • COLLABORATION WITH CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS

On the back of one of our schools performances, we were approached by Cambridge University Press to participate in the development of digital resources to accompany and support the teaching of MACBETH at GCSE. We are extremely excited to report that this has subsequently been picked up by the AQA Examinations Board and looks set to be rolled out nationally.

Between our vision of what classroom resources could be like and the Swords’ pioneering take on heritage texts, we have the best package of material I have ever been privileged to work on.
Martin Phillips, ex-Chief Examiner and Project Co-ordinator

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FOUR OF SWORDS’ MACBETH promotional photos by Matt Austin:

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Artwork by Philip Kingslan John:

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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

Photos by Matt Austin: