PLAYING WITH FOURUM THEATRE

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Dear friends!

You are hereby invited to attend a very special Forum Theatre performance on Wednesday 15th March at 6.15pm.

The show is called “Playing with FOURum Theatre – Year 2”, and will be performed by undergraduates on the Education Studies course.

The title for this project is a pun on the name Four of Swords and “Forum Theatre”, a drama style created by Augusto Boal, the Brazilian theatre director and activist. It is the result of a collaboration between Plymouth University and FOUR OF SWORDS.

PLAYING WITH fourUM THEATRE – YEAR 2
The Studio at THE HOUSE
(Plymouth University’s on-site state of the art theatre)
Wednesday 15th March 6.15pm FREE!

This is not a usual FOUR OF SWORDS piece – it is something much more experimental and it is performed by students. Also, you may be asked to get involved! But as a piece of FORUM THEATRE, this is an opportunity for us to get together to use drama TO CHANGE THE WORLD!! I know, amazing, right? And just what we need. It’s going to be awesome!!

This project explores the power of Boal’s and similar techniques in a 21st Century educational context, and seeks out common ground between students from diverse backgrounds. It establishes links between these ideas and the theories of education researchers such as Wally Penetito, and also draws on reflective, meditative and concentration boosting tactics from disciplines such as yoga, mindfulness studies and aikido.

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Working with the Four of Swords was a fantastic experience, which actually lead me to setting up my own drama club. Phil & Sarah are amazing, and I thank them so much for opening my eyes even more to the wonderful things drama can do!
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FOUR OF SWORDS co-founders Phil and Sarah have between them a wealth of experience in education and have been keenly developing our FOUR OF SWORDS “educational programme”. We have performed to over 1000 students in a variety of schools as well as organising workshops and film projects and working with partners such as DEVON LIBRARIESEXETER PHOENIX and CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS.

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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

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