The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge is a seminal text in English Romantic literature which many Australians would have encountered in a high school classroom. It’s a poem detailing the penance an old mariner must pay for a moment of arrogance and cruelty against a “lesser” being. Little Eggs’s reimagining for the stage adds texture and movement, bringing new life to an old text.
Eurydice was a young woman on the cusp of happiness. She’d found the love of her life and she was ready to get what she wanted. Until she was tricked into the Underworld where her choices aren’t quite what they once were. In a hazy retelling of the Greek tale, the boundaries of responsibility and desire blur as a young woman finds her place between heaven and hell.
Sigmund Freud sits in his London study, having fled the Nazis in Austria, listening to the announcements of the war spreading across Europe and dying. He has had mouth cancer for some time now and is in increasing pain as he edges towards death. This hasn’t stopped him from being his inflammatory self, though, and on this day, he decides to invite CS Lewis, his theological opposite, for tea.