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.
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]
ACCOMPANYING EDUCATIONAL WORK
- SCHOOLS 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
- 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
FOUR OF SWORDS’ MACBETH promotional photos by Matt Austin:
Artwork by Philip Kingslan John: