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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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.

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