Awarded £21,662.68 (80% of the total project costs of £27,078.35) of LEADER funding from Making it Local to purchase an oil rig life boat, tent canopy, trailer and associated equipment to enable the common players to offer a unique production of the Ancient Mariner to coastal communities and tourists in East Devon.
The common players theatre group were established in 1989. It was set up to create engaging performances for and with people in communities around the West Country. Over the years activities have ranged from outdoor family performances, through participative and educational projects, to indoor touring works about issues and subjects that face rural communities. It is controlled by a volunteer trustee board of five individuals. There is one permanent employee the applicant Anthony Richards, supported by a financial manager.
Anthony sought support to invest in new capital items to create a unique performance of the Ancient Mariner, a poem by local Ottery St Mary born poet, Coleridge. They will have a travelling production over the summer seasons, visiting the East Devon coastal communities with this unique production.
The production will create 0.88 FTEs and over 3 years will attract 3600 day visitors to the areas. It will also create an income for the theatre group to enable them to put on future productions. This is a truly unique project that aims to offer a different theatre experience; part of the production will take place on the life craft in an adapted immersive environment.