MACBETH

Just as Summer time is flourishing on the earth, FOUR OF SWORDS desires to lead you into the underworld of BEER QUARRY CAVES for their own unique and blood-curdling version of The Scottish!

This subterranean production is a revival of FOUR OF SWORDS’ hit 2014/16/18 show, and presents the Witches as Viking priestesses and goddesses of Destiny who guide the audience through the labyrinthine caverns of Macbeth’s homicidal ambition. The show features Shamanic techniques, haunting live music, gruesome film projections, 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

As with previous FOUR OF SWORDS productions, audiences will be standing and walking for the duration of the 1 hour 15 min show. Please wear sensible footwear, warm clothing and bring a torch to help you find your way to and from the car! Please be advised that this show is too creepy for under 11s.

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE!
Dates: 26th-29th June 2019  Times: 7pm & 9pm  Price: £15
Location: Beer Quarry Caves, Quarry Lane, Beer, Seaton, Devon EX12 3AT

FOUR OF SWORDS’ version of MACBETH was designed expressly for BEER QUARRY CAVES, first performed in 2014 and repeated in 2016 and 2018. We have have been immensely gratified to receive some amazing feedback from our audiences. Here are some choice snippets!

A fantastic experience. I have finally ‘got’ Shakespeare and now want to see more, having resisted it for years. The production was incredible – so intense and absorbing.

We have just got home after watching your performance of Macbeth at Beer quarry caves. We were totally blown away by it. 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.

We are both COMPLETE Shakespeare virgins (managed to avoid the whole subject at school.) Now at the ripe old age of 40+ we thought ‘there must be something to this Shakespeare thing’. You didn’t disappoint. Just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed the performance. We enjoyed the whole thing, the candles, the acting, the tragedy of it all. I have since ordered myself a copy of Macbeth to read, so there’s testament to my enjoyment.

I thought your interpretation of the play was really strong, with some great acting. I very much liked the way you used the witches as guides and the Norse connection. The setting was extraordinary and really added to intensity of the play and its elemental quality! Great use of digital projection too. Well done!
Pippa Warin, Arts Council

I felt as if I were actually in the play rather than simply observing it. It was one of those ‘Do you remember when…’ nights that will be recalled in conversation over the years.

It was absolutely brilliant! The atmosphere you managed to create was so good, I can’t put it into words! It really felt like as soon as we were in the caves, we had been transported back to the 1600s! Everything was perfect- the setting, the candles, the eerie music, everything. And the acting was absolutely phenomenal!
Emily, aged 15

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SCHOOLS “PANTO” VERSION!!

FOUR OF SWORDS’ humorous, interactive, multi-media version of MACBETH has been our flagship schools product. We have 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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The production presents a darkly magical vampiric world, bridging diverse time periods, and informed by the academic research of Prof. Nick Groom and Dr Luke Pilling of Exeter University.

In October and November 2019, the show completed a sold out run at the National Trust’s magnificent KNIGHTSHAYES COURT. In February 2020, DOCTOR DRACULA will run for two weeks at ASHTON COURT MANSION, in Bristol.

ASHTON COURT TICKETS ONSALE HERE!
Dates: 18th-28th March Times: 7.30pm
(2.30pm Sat Matinée) Price: £17.50

Location: Ashton Court, Long Ashton, Bristol BS41 9JN

Praise for DOCTOR DRACULA:

An exceptional piece which fully immerses us in the pain of love, disease and living. Dr Dracula guarantees we won’t forget the importance of blood any time soon.
Katrina Bennett, Razz Magazine

Thank you so much for an absolutely brilliant performance last night — entertaining and informative!
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Enjoyed this so much, it was awesome! Honestly was blown away by the last scene outside.
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Another part of DOCTOR DRACULA’s remit is to raise awareness of genetic conditions such as haemochromatosis, which is caused by an overload of iron in the blood, and found in about one in 200 people in the UK. However, only about one case in 5000 is ever diagnosed. A simple prevention and cure for haemochromatosis is to give blood (which can be safely used by the NHS as a usual donation). In addition, the performances promote NHS blood donation and subscription to the Exeter 10,000 research project.

photos by Rhodri Cooper and Matt Austin Images

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