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ON March 1, The Hungry Grass Theatre Company will be bringing their show The Rime of the Ancient Mariner to Welford.

Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Rime of the Ancient Mariner

The curtain goes up on this stage adaptation of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s epic poem at Welford Park at 7.30pm.

The tale will be brought to life by ‘master storyteller’ John O’Mahony, who you may have seen playing Bilbo Baggins in The Watermill’s acclaimed summer run of The Lord of the Rings.

The production is designed and directed by Sue Hill of the Eden Project Cornwall and formerly of KneeHigh Theatre Company and WildWorks, so it promises to be a great show.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s story of an epic sea journey, written in 1797, centres around the killing of a harmless sea bird – the albatross.

The havoc wreaked by this pointless act of vandalism explodes into one of the most popular and best loved poems in the English language.

In an age that is increasingly aware of humanity’s relationship to and dependence upon the environment, Coleridge’s ‘poem of the biosphere’ is undergoing a popular revival.

And no wonder; it’s a rollicking

good yarn suffused with elements of the gothic and the downright ghostly… ‘an unforgettable story told in unforgettable language’.

Tickets can be booked on Welford Park’s website or visit https://ancientmarinertour2024.


John O’Mahony is an actor with four decades of performance experience across every branch of the media from film, television, radio, audio books, computer games and, in his

first love, the theatre, from village halls to Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe, the Old Vic, Regional Reps and London’s West End.

He is the founder of The Hungry Grass, a project company devoted to creating and touring incisive new writing and the exploration of music-theatre form.

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