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Rhymes from the Ancient Mariner


  • Playwright

    Rod Goodall  Patricia Forde 

  • Author Notes

    Adapted by Rod Goodall and Patricia Forde from 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' by S.T. Coleridge and devised by Macnas
  • Synopsis

    An adaptation of S.T. Coleridge's poem 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner', the play is set in both 1950's Galway and in 1798. It follows the voyage of Coleridge's Mariner from the Antarctic Ice Flows to the Saragossa Sea and tells of the consequences he suffers after killing an albatross at sea.

  • Play Type

    Physical/Devised Theatre

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Cast doubling is possible. See original production for details.

Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    17 July 1996

  • Producer

    Produced by Macnas

  • Original Venue

    The Black Box

Original Cast  
Raymond the Groom Owen McDonnell
Mother of Groom Helen Gregg
Ice Maid Helen Gregg
Slime Helen Gregg
Albatross Zoe Maistre
Soldier Jim Faulkner
Band Singer Kevin Duffy
Bridesmaid Natalie Sebald
Fishwife Natalie Sebald
Ice Maid Natalie Sebald
Puppeteer Helen Gregg
Spirit Helen Gregg
Crew Owen McDonnell
Fishwife Rachael Towey
Ice Maid Rachael Towey
Slime Rachael Towey
Bride Rachael Towey
Whore Judith Higgins
Bridesmaid Judith Higgins
Ice Maid Judith Higgins
Slime Judith Higgins
Slime Natalie Sebald
Life in Death Petal Pilley
Ice Maid Petal Pilley
Slime Hillary Kavanagh
Mayor Steve Currid
Brother of Groom Steve Currid
Ancient Mariner Midie Corcoran
Father of the Bride Rod Goodall
Fishwife Noeline Kavanagh
Aunt Noeline Kavanagh
Spirit Noeline Kavanagh
Ice Maid Noeline Kavanagh
Ice Maid Hillary Kavanagh
Bridesmaid Hillary Kavanagh
Maid of Honour Petal Pilley
Slime Petal Pilley
Mother Petal Pilley
Crew Peter Nelson
Slime Fred McCloskey
Crew Fred McCloskey
Photographer Fred McCloskey
Death Fred McCloskey
Mayoress Hillary Kavanagh
Slime Noeline Kavanagh
Production Team  
Director Rod Goodall
Set Designer Ger Sweeney
Lighting Designer David Murphy (2)
Producer Declan Gibbons
Costumes Charmian Goodall
Costume Assistant Maureen Bird
Costume Assistant Bibo Pilley
Sound Designer David Murphy (2)
Lyrics by John Dunne (1)
Musical Director John Dunne (1)
Musician Steve Hanks
Musician Kevin Duffy
Musician Nuala Ni Chanainn
Musician John Dunne (1)
Percussion Alan Purves
Special Effects Designer Mike Regan
Puppet Design and Construction The Performing Company
Puppet Design and Construction Petra Breathnach
Mask Design The Performing Company
Production Manager John Ashton
Stage Manager Peter Nelson
Assistant Stage Manager Jim Faulkner
Assistant Stage Manager Jane Delmer
Props Master The Performing Company
Set Construction Peter Nelson
Set Construction Frank Gleeson
Set Construction Mike McHugh
Scenic Artist Ger Sweeney
Electrical Effects Jim Faulkner
Inflatable Construction Charmian Goodall
Inflatable Painting Keith Payne
Poster Designer Ted Turton
Programme Design A&D Design
Photography Aengus McMahon

Unpublished Scripts

Rights Information

  • Not Available

Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme.