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Camelot legend given a makeover for Exeter

By Mid Devon Gazette  |  Posted: December 17, 2013

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CAMELOT will sweep into Exeter this Christmas with a tale of chivalry, romance and a gruesome edge of post-apocalyptic bravado.

Gawain and the Green Knight's ghastly game of heads will take centre stage when Four of Swords Theatre brings the Arthurian classic, with a modern twist, to the Exeter Phoenix.

The show, which will be performed 10 times from December 17-21, is immersive and will take over the grounds of its venue, allowing the audience to experience the drama almost within swinging distance of Sir Gawain's axe.

Philip Kingslan John, of Four Swords, said: "In these times of climate change, energy efficiency and power crisis, this story has a lot to say about humanity's relationship with the planet.

"In our version, Arthur and his knights are pitched as post-apocalyptic bikers like something out of Mad Max – members of a dystopian society which has over-exploited its natural resources."

The "experiential drama" will see cast members lead the audience through the sets within a number of locations at the Phoenix, for which the show has been especially designed to take advantage.

Sir Gawain, a knight of King Arthur's Round Table, is pitted against the Green Knight, a pagan symbol with an intimate connection with nature, and accepts his challenge to strike him with his axe if he will take a return blow in a year and a day.

Four of Swords says it has designed a show which is inventive and eclectic yet remains faithful to the source material.

As well as striking make-up and costume designs, it will feature spectacular puppets, film and live musical accompaniment.

Tickets are on sale and booking is recommended.

This is a promenade piece of theatre and audiences will be standing for the majority of the show. Some action takes place outside so people are urged to wrap up.

For tickets call 01392 667080.

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