OTHER PROJECTS

FOUR OF SWORDS co-founders Phil and Sarah are always working to develop our education programme. Phil’s background is actually in education (he worked as a teacher of English and Drama at Secondary School level for six years), and Sarah is an experienced workshop facilitator. Plus, she has an almost magical empathy with petulant teenagers…

As well as visiting pupils in schools and arranging special performances for students to attend, FOUR OF SWORDS has organised and delivered various workshops to accompany two of its most recent productions: FAUSTUS and JASON & THE ARGONAUTS. Furthermore, complementing our work with CAMBRIDGE UNI PRESS and the SUMMER FILM SCHOOL, we have engaged on a film-making project with students from the Central Devon Personalised Learning Service who have been permanently excluded from mainstream education.

  • The FAUSTUS-flavoured workshop was created and run as part of the “Re-Writing Futures” strand of Exeter’s EXETREME IMAGINATION festival. The workshop took place at ST NICHOLAS PRIORY and explored useful stage and storytelling techniques for the telling of blood-soaked, spooky tales!

“What we liked best: the blood. What we didn’t like: that it had to end!”
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Footage of the workshop was included on the EXETREME IMAGINATION documentary which can be seen here:

  • 11120571_986584148042828_832197009872467584_oOur JASON & THE ARGONAUTS-related workshops were held at Exmouth Library with the kind support and assistance of the staff there. They were organised as part of Exmouth Festival.

Our keen workshoppers had a taste of taiko drumming, problem-solving and treasure-hunting, learned a variety of puppetry and storytelling techniques, and then put their new skills to the test in the creation of their own mini-myth-skits!

A great time was had by all.

  • As part of the “Re-Writing Futures” strand of the EXETREME IMAGINATION festival, FOUR OF SWORDS collaborated with students from the Central Devon Personalised Learning Service for young people who have been excluded from mainstream education. The outcome of the project was two short films which were then projected as part of our production of Marlowe’s DOCTOR FAUSTUS.

Sarah and Phil managed to encourage and motivate extremely challenging pupils.  I have been so impressed with their materials, session content and presentation.  Pupils expressed how ‘inspired’ they have been and all said it has been the highlight of their time at the Centre. This has certainly been the best project that I have worked with in school and I have been working as a teacher since 1983.
Teacher feedback, CDPLS

The students were thrilled to see themselves incorporated into our performance, and to witness their work valued in this way. Equally for us it was an extremely rewarding project to be a part of. You can see the resultant films here:

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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.

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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

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