SCHOOLS WORK

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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…

FOUR OF SWORDS has now worked with a range of schools throughout the South West, both private and non-fee-paying, as well as forging links even further afield by entertaining visiting teachers from Japan and students from Shanghai, China.

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Pupils expressed how ‘inspired’ they have been. 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, Central Devon PLS

 “The best impact day we’ve ever had.”
Teacher feedback, St Peter’s Exeter

 “It has improved my understanding of the story immensely and I have many positive thoughts on English literature after watching your play.”
Year 9 student feedback

Click here to see the page on the Isca website about our visit

Our main schools products are listed below. The performances and workshops are aimed at GCSE students, however we pride ourselves on flexibility: we have performed other shows from our repertoire for younger students and if you have any different requirements or ideas for projects then we would love to hear from you: phil@four-of-swords.com

PERFORMANCES & WORKSHOPS FOR STUDENTS

We offer fun-packed, multi-media, interactive, thought-provoking adaptations of the following GCSE texts:

  • MACBETH
  • JEKYLL & HYDE
  • FRANKENSTEIN coming soon!

Our performances are approx 50 minutes long: designed to fit into a single period at school. We are happy to perform the show more than once over the course of a morning or a full school day.

We are also keen to complement our performance[s] with a workshop or two, designed to explore themes and/or characters in the story [informed by your school’s requirements] and conclude with a plenary session wrapping the whole thing up. In these plenaries we’ve found that the opportunity for students to act alongside, write for or direct our performers has greatly improved their understanding, confidence and enjoyment of the texts.

CPD FOR TEACHERS

We are also offering the opportunity for FOUR OF SWORDS member to come into schools to host CPD sessions, whether as part of an INSET day or twilight session.

“Four of Swords has a pioneering take on heritage texts and it’s been a privilege to work with them.”
Martin Phillips, Ex-Chief Examiner
& Project Co-ordinator for CUP

In its work with Martin Phillips and Cambridge University Press [click here for more info], FOUR OF SWORDS has been developing new ways of using drama techniques and adaptation theory to teach literature, especially at GCSE.

We would be delighted to deliver a seminar to teachers, model games and techniques, and leave  behind a host of resources which can be used in classrooms long after we’ve gone!

BOOK FOUR OF SWORDS TO VISIT YOUR SCHOOL!

If you are interested in what we have to offer then we would love to hear from you. As mentioned before, everything is flexible to suit your needs. Please contact phil@four-of-swords.com to discuss dates and prices and things!

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CURRENT SHOWS

DOCTOR DRACULA is an immersive, multi-media theatre experience, which examines the symbolic role of blood in mythology, religion and literature, and how it intersects with a cutting-edge, medical understanding of blood in the 21st century.

The production presents a darkly magical vampiric world, bridging diverse time periods, and informed by the academic research of Prof. Nick Groom and Dr Luke Pilling of Exeter University.

In October and November 2019, the show completed a sold out run at the National Trust’s magnificent KNIGHTSHAYES COURT. In February 2020, DOCTOR DRACULA will run for two weeks at ASHTON COURT MANSION, in Bristol.

ASHTON COURT TICKETS ONSALE HERE!
Dates: 18th-28th March Times: 7.30pm
(2.30pm Sat Matinée) Price: £17.50

Location: Ashton Court, Long Ashton, Bristol BS41 9JN

Praise for DOCTOR DRACULA:

An exceptional piece which fully immerses us in the pain of love, disease and living. Dr Dracula guarantees we won’t forget the importance of blood any time soon.
Katrina Bennett, Razz Magazine

Thank you so much for an absolutely brilliant performance last night — entertaining and informative!
Audience Feedback

Enjoyed this so much, it was awesome! Honestly was blown away by the last scene outside.
Audience Feedback

Another part of DOCTOR DRACULA’s remit is to raise awareness of genetic conditions such as haemochromatosis, which is caused by an overload of iron in the blood, and found in about one in 200 people in the UK. However, only about one case in 5000 is ever diagnosed. A simple prevention and cure for haemochromatosis is to give blood (which can be safely used by the NHS as a usual donation). In addition, the performances promote NHS blood donation and subscription to the Exeter 10,000 research project.

photos by Rhodri Cooper and Matt Austin Images

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