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The Mystery of Mary Celeste

© Roland Clare 1993


Mary Celeste is a new, full-length show for young performers which retells, and solves, the famous riddle of the abandoned Victorian sailing ship. The show has no spoken narration: everything is sung. Somewhat revue-like in structure, it has twenty-five numbers each in a different musical style, with occasional serious moments among much burlesque, satire and general uproar.

It sticks closely to historical fact until the end, when it becomes a parable about the present state of the world: in the finale the Company announces a change of course for our global ship, before we turn it into a vast Mary Celeste, sailing an eerie journey through the seas of space, with no survivors.

The poster is by Marc Vyvyan-Jones click on the image to see it in more detail.


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