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

  • IMG_8862xSCHOOLS VERSION

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

FOUR OF SWORDS’ interpretation of Euripides’ MEDEA (a semi-sequel to our own JASON & THE ARGONAUTS) is back for two weeks this April at BEER QUARRY CAVES!

MEDEA played to rave reviews and sold out crowds at the Caves when we were there in November. Audiences were enraptured by the spooky candlelit subterranean setting, the spine-tingling choral singing, the grotesque masked chorus, and of course the tour de force title-character portrayal by FOUR OF SWORDS co-founder Sarah White.

“Utterly absorbing, I forgot about the rest of the audience around me and I felt as if I was spying on a very realistic domestic. All the actors were amazing but Medea stole the show; whatever the superlative of amazing is with bells on!”
audience member feedback

As with all our shows, places are limited and early booking is advised. Audience members will be on their feet for the play’s 75 minute run time, so comfortable footwear is a must. Wrapping up warm is also advisable, and a torch to guide you back safely to your car at the end of the night might also be a good idea. Be advised that the show is too creepy for under 11s.

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE!
Dates: 11th-21st April 2018  Times: 7pm & 9pm  Price: £15
Location: Beer Quarry Caves, Quarry Lane, Beer, Seaton, Devon EX12 3AT