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Dr Matt Wilkinson performs The Ancient Mariner for Coleridge's 250th birthday

21 October 2022 20.00 - 21.20
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Jesus College Chapel, Jesus Lane, CB5 8BL

Join us on Jesus alumnus Samuel Taylor Coleridge's 250th birthday for a special performance of The Ancient Mariner by College Fellow Dr Matt Wilkinson.

“Geoff Page’s score is communicative, atmospheric and memorable, and it's a real tour de force from both performers.” - Ralph Woodward

Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s gripping and compelling story is retold through this powerful musical drama. Tickets for this Corkscrew Theatre production are available to book here.

“Throughout the piece, Wilkinson kept the audience mesmerised with his powerful presence and total command of the music and the poetry.” - Mike Levy, Cambridge Critique

About The Ancient Mariner

One man tells his sad story: how he and his crew-mates set sail in good weather, but were soon beset by storm and then ice. In a callous act he shoots from the sky an albatross, and then watches as one after another his crew mates die.

But the mariner cannot die. He has been cursed for his crime against nature to be abandoned forever upon the wide, wide sea.

About the actor

Matt Wilkinson is a freelance popular science writer and speaker, voice artist, actor, and a Director of Studies in Natural Sciences.

He was an undergraduate at Cambridge, and stayed to study for a PhD on pterodactyl flight in the Department of Zoology with Professor Charlie Ellington. He continued this research as a junior research fellow at Clare College. 

Matt then trained as an actor in London and, after a few years of treading the boards, joined the Science Factory literary agency. Now back in Cambridge, his writing and other science communication activities are broadly concerned with the evolutionary history of life on Earth, and the value of an evolutionary world view. He is also an associate artist with the Cambridge-based Corkscrew Theatre Company.

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