Washford’s Cleeve Abbey is set to be home to spectacular Ancient Greek production this autumn, courtesy of innovative and immersive theatre company, Four of Swords. The spectacular Cleeve Abbey near Washford will be host to Medea from Thursday 9 – Saturday 11 November 2017.

Freely adapted from the Greek masterpiece by Euripides, Medea is the ultimate heroine, villain and victim, all rolled into one! The Cistercian abbey of Cleeve is usually a haven of peace and tranquillity but this is all set to change as the dark and dastardly Medea takes centre stage. The play, which is suitable for audiences over the age of 11, will enchant and terrify through gut-wrenching performances, spine-tingling choral singing, and a finale featuring the Sun-god himself!

Sarah White, Four of Swords co-founder and the actress playing Medea, explains that the company is known for avoiding traditional theatres in favour of unique staging in unusual locations. “Audiences at a Four of Swords show are positioned up close and personal, right in the thick of the action, with events unfolding all around. We design our productions to be excitingly interactive but without the need for audience participation. First and foremost our work is about creating multi-sensory, unforgettable experiences.”

The Greek myths are a staple of storytelling, and the characters which they contain recur again and again throughout history. “These tales are ancient, but incredibly relevant,” explains director Philip Kingslan John, “Medea tackles themes of nationalism, colonialism and xenophobia, as well of course as the unfair treatment which Medea receives on account of her gender.”

Myths and legends feature on both primary and secondary school curricula, and Euripides’ Medea is a staple text at A-level and university. Four of Swords has built up an impressive portfolio of outreach work, and will be complementing its production with workshops at schools, colleges and libraries.

Tickets for Medea at Cleeve Abbey are £15. For these or more information on the company’s educational work and its Argonauts-related workshops visit

“an exuberant production from the excellent Four of Swords”
The Stage on Jason and The Argonauts (2015 production)

Cast and Production Credits:

Adapted & directed by: Philip Kingslan John
Starring: Sarah White, Ben Miall Yates, Charlie Coldfield, Benjamin Akira Tallamy, Philip Kingslan John, Joanna Hruby, Duncan Taylor
Stage Manager: Rhiannon Wood
Music arranged by: Benjamin Akira Tallamy & Jonathan Kirby
Produced by: Four of Swords

Jason & The Argonauts / Medea Tour:

Wed 25 – Sat 28 October 2017 – Western-super-Mare, N Somerset, Theatre Tropicana
Marine Parade, Weston-Super-Mare, N Somerset, BS23 1BE
Jason & The Argonauts: 2pm / Medea: 7.30pm

Wed 1 – Sat 4 November 2017- Beer, Devon, Beer Quarry Caves
Quarry Ln, Beer, Seaton, East Devon, EX12 3AT
Medea: 7pm & 9pm performances

Thurs 9 – Sat 11 November, Washford, Somerset, Cleeve Abbey
Abbey Rd, Washford, Watchet, Somerset, TA23 0PS
Medea: 7pm & 9pm performances

More dates to be confirmed: Check website for details

PHOTO by Matt Austin

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