From Oct 11 to Nov 11, Common Ground Theatre Company will be touring our new show, "The Mariner" a new musical adaptation of Coleridge's epic poem "The Rime of The Ancient Mariner".
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The play looks at episodes from the extraordinary life of Samuel Taylor Coleridge in the context of his most famous poem, Rime of the Ancient Mariner, and examines how an artist’s work can be seen as an allegory for their life story. The poem has a strangely prophetic relevance to Coleridge himself, but for the reader, has the wider themes of ecological disaster, our own destructive compulsions, and the death and rebirth of imagination. This piece holds new challenges for us as theatre makers to create a play which is a fusion of these themes. Using original music as an additional conduit for the emotional breadth of the poem, we hope to share with our audience the profound effect the poem has had on us, and to open the way for their own unique experience.
We will be creating an all female community choir for this production who will perform in teams over the course of the tour. Work begins with the choir at the end of May. The show will also contain feature puppetry and film projection.
After their acclaimed touring productions of The Old Curiosity Shop & Sherlock Holmes and The Hooded Lance in 2017, Common Ground return with this enthralling, slightly surreal adaptation, with original live music by Pat Whymark, and featuring Patrick Neyman as Coleridge & Julian Harries as the mariner.