1797 - The Mariner's Revenge, Admiral's Attic at The Old Royal Navy College, 2022
Directors: Briony O'Callaghan
Written by Mark Knightley
Set & Costume Design: Tara Usher
Design associate: Christianna Mason
Tara Usher’s set design and Jonathan Charles’ music combine with the historic venue (and Briony O’Callaghan’s direction) to create an eerie atmosphere; you can especially sense the mariner’s unravelling mental state in the room with letters strewn across the walls, and the cramped bedroom demonstrates how oppressive the environment would have been for the recovering mariner upon his return from battle. The albatross puppet and use of portraits is an excellent way of furthering the storytelling and inviting more actors into the room without needing any extra space.