SUMMER FILM SCHOOL is a collaboration between FOUR OF SWORDS and Exeter Phoenix. The project was founded in 2014 by Damo Cross, a director who wanted to provide a “full fat” film-making experience for aspiring actors and auteurs aged 10-14. FOUR OF SWORDS was formally brought on board the following year and has been taking the lead organising and co-ordinating the project since 2016.

‘It’s no mean feat keeping a 13 year old completely absorbed, engaged and creatively challenged for a week and we are indebted to everyone involved… It’s been great for his confidence and shown him endless creative possibilities.’ Parent feedback

EXETER PHOENIX and FOUR OF SWORDS are delighted to present the fifth edition of their hugely successful Summer Film School. This week long workshop (Mon 13 Aug – Fri 17 Aug 2018) will provide kids aged 10 to 14 years old with the opportunity to work with highly skilled filmmakers in creating a professional short film in just one week!

Activities include:

  • Writing / Story-boarding / Devising
  • Set / Costume / Make-up Design
  • Acting!
  • Camera Operation / Editing
  • Green Screen Work / Animation

But mostly, of course, it will be enormous fun! This year’s film school will centre on a sci-fi interpretation of The Canterbury Tales (trust us, it will all make sense) and will once again be held at the magical and mysterious POLTIMORE HOUSE. Each day will run from 9am – 4pm, with a dedicated lunch break. The final film will premiere at Exeter Phoenix on the week commencing the 24 Sep (date TBC), where parents, family and friends will be able to see the finished film on the big screen.

Spaces are limited. As there are only 25 places available, early booking is advised for this popular workshop. FOUR OF SWORDS will once again be joined on this project by experienced educator, writer and film-maker Jon Seal.

For more info & to BOOK YOUR PLACE:

You can watch last year’s film & “Behind the Scenes” documentary here:



Photos by Elliot Butler & Benjamin Akira Tallamy:






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This subterranean production is a reprisal of FOUR OF SWORDS’ hit 2014/16 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.

Dates: 18th-22nd July 2018  Times: 6.45pm & 8.45pm  Price: £15
Location: Beer Quarry Caves, Quarry Lane, Beer, Seaton, Devon EX12 3AT

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