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The Ancient Mariner


Our Crew 

Just before Covid we created this performance which went down a storm.

Ancient Mariner based on the supernatural poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who grew up in nearby Ottery St Mary.  


We present a gripping and creepy tale told by the Ancient Mariner himself, together with his talented musician partner.

The Mariner famously shot an albatross and regretted it.  Our show opens out into a wider look at how we feel about the natural world and our place in it.


The performance takes place around and inside the boat.  It's designed for family audiences ( ages 7+).  


Places are limited to 20 on every performance.  

The audience assembles on the beach nearby where the show begins.

The show lasts approximately 45 minutes.  Expect some enchanting storytelling and some time being carefully loaded aboard the boat, accompanied by compelling music.

We regret that at this stage in our project's development, audience members will need to be able to climb stairs and duck in through a hatch.  

The Mariner

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David Sterne

The last two times David performed on a ship was when he played Aboo Seer in ‘Sinbad and the eye of the tiger’ 1977 and the Edinburgh cook’ in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man’s Chest ‘ he is best known more recently as ‘Farmer Larry Bishop’ in The Detectorists  and is currently working on the ‘Wheel of Time’ in Prague for Amazon Prime. David also played Leonadix  33 years ago in Death to Tragedy’ for Common Players all around Devon ..... Pushing a cart .... he didn’t moan once !

The Sailmaker

Mary Elliott

The Designer


Mary has been designing and creating sets, costumes and props for the Common Players for 19 years now and is  absolutely thrilled that one of the very first projects discussed all those years ago, has finally come to fruition: a show based on the Rime of the Ancient Mariner.   Mary also performs and is an Early Years Professional as well as being a director of Dramatic Improvement a training company.

The Fisherman

Benjamin Akira Tallamy


Ben is a multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter from Devon.  He has appeared in a number of theatre productions, most recently in Four Of Swords', Oedipus and Wandering Tiger's, Humbug! His current projects can be found at

The Chief Engineer

Evered Woodward

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Woody's career has included many things.... ....Most recently for Common Players he was Touring Stage Manager for Jerusalem, burning a caravan every night.

The Bilge Cleaner

Anthony Richards


Anthony is the founder of Common Players Theatre and has conceived of and directed the majority of the company's' work.   He also works as a freelance Theatre Director and is a joint director of Dramatic Improvement, a training company using theatre as a tool.

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