"Crack & Growl weave the tale of the Mariner's experiences with
remarkable fluidity, using operatic songs, creative dance movement
and original ambient music. The narrative style of Coleridge's
lyrical ballad lends itself well to the theatre and this highly
professional theatrical performance achieves fully both the horror
and the grace of the poet's hallucinatory vision. Ethereal harmonies
and phantasmagorical lighting aid to create a multi-dimensional
A metamorphosing chorus of six provide the visual and atmospheric
background, functioning as albatross, crew and super-natural beings,
as the haunting, haunted Mariner leads the Wedding Guest through
his other worldly tale. The two gradually become as one as the
performance glides towards its cathartic conclusions, leaving
the Wedding Guest "a sadder and wiser man" and finally releasing
the Mariner from his curse.
This production leaves the audience as spellbound as the protagonists,
marvelling at its creativity, its startling originality and sensitive
realisation of the magical humanity of Coleridge's parable. Serenely
dynamic; the most fulfilling production I have seen so far this
"You can hear this classic parable, 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner',
told in a combination of speech and opera by the Crack & Grown
theatre company, as entrancing today as ever. Stunning use of
harmonies and dance create a wonderfully atmospheric interpretation
of the mariner's tale as he leads the wedding guest, in effect
the audience, through a haunting and ethereal landscape."
"Dazzlingly produced version of Coleridge's poem. Formidable skills
of the international cast . . sinister lighting and bouncy choreography.
Richard Hill's skeletal score is close to the piece's dramatic
soul. A showcase of theatrical skills."
THE LIST "This interpretation of Coleridge's epic poem mixes the
spoken word, operatic singing and an ambient sound track with
impressive physical theatre. Inventive and innovative, it is a
most welcome working, which brings to life the ghostly fable of
treachery, retribution and the death of an albatross by illumination
of the wonderful poetry rather than by its literal representation."