Adelaide Festival 28 February - 16 March 2014

Rime of the Ancient Mariner

The Tiger Lillies

With Visuals by Mark Holthusen

United Kingdom

Australian Premiere / Exclusive to Adelaide

"A haunting evening's entertainment full of ethereal grace."

- The Telegraph

In a modern retelling of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s classic, legendary balladeers The Tiger Lillies spin this epic tale into a hauntingly beautiful, large-scale multimedia performance. Together with acclaimed visual artist Mark Holthusen, the flamboyant and eccentric band unfolds the story of the ill-fated mariner with exquisite melancholy and lusty menace. Part concert and part film, this is a welcome return from the co-creators of the cult sensation Shockheaded Peter (2000 Adelaide Festival).

“Like the result of a twisted experiment to combine avant-garde, bohemian Berlin and the gritty, bizarre underworld of London in the form of a gypsy-troupe cabaret.” Sydney Morning Herald

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Wed 12 Mar 8.30pm
Thu 13 Mar 8.30pm
Fri 14 Mar 8.30pm

1 hour 30 minutes (no interval)


A Reserve $79, Friends $67
B Reserve $69, Friends $59, Concession $59, Fringe Benefits $30

For Fringe Benefits bookings, please call BASS on 131 246.


Contains adult themes and coarse language. Recommended for ages 12+

Access Details

Wheelchair Access Assistive Listening Sub title 50

Side access.


Vocals, Accordion, Piano: Martyn Jacques
Contra Bass, Musical Saw, Theremin, Vocals: Adrian Stout
Drums, Percussion: Mike Pickering
Animation and Photography: Mark Holthusen
Production Maison de la musique de Nanterre (France), The Tiger Lillies (United Kingdom), Sarah Ford/Quaternaire (France)

Co-production Théâtre de Nimes - scène conventionnée pour la danse contemporaine (France), Scène Nationale de Sète et du Bassin de Thau (France)

World Premiere La Maison de la musique de Nanterre, France, 16 March 2012

Mark Holthusen. Adrian Stout, Martyn Jacques and Adrian Huge (Pickering replaces Huge in Adelaide)

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