Full Fathom Five

An Anthology of the Sea

compiled by Sonia Morris and directed by Jenny Cox

The Maskers Theatre Company with the Fo'c's'le Folk Club

Performed at the

Maskers' Bassett Studio


13th to 16th October 1976


  1. Staring at the Sea (Ted Hughes)
  2. From “God Beneath the Sea”   (Leon Garfield & Ed Blishen)
  3. Sea Music  (W.J.Turner), Music - Celtic Harp
  4. Quotations - authors given


‘The waves they were lapping and slapping, the same as they are today;’ - Alfred Noyes
  1. From “Beowulf” (Ed. & Tr. by Charles Kennedy)
  2. Extracts from various early chronicles
  3. Harp Song of the Dane Women   (Rudyard Kipling)
  4. From “The Seafarer” (Tr. from the Anglo-Saxon by M.Alexander)
  5. From “Dragon Slayer”   (Rosemary Sutcliffe)
  6. From New World Symphony” by Dvorak
  7. From “The Age of Exploration”  (John R.Hale)
  8. “There was an Indian” (Sir John Squire)
  9. From “The Age of Exploration,’  (John R.Hale)
  10. Song “The Cape’s in View”
  11. From “The Spanish Armada”  (C. Falkus)
  12. Speech to the troops at Tilbury - Elizabeth 1
  13. Song “The Quaker”
  14. “The Admiral’s Ghostl”   (Alfred Noyes)
  15. From “Nelson and The Hamiltons”    (J. Russell)
  16. Song “The Death of Nelson”
  17. From “The British Sailor” (P.Kemp)


‘They went to sea in a sieve they did’ - Edward Lear

  1. From “The Jumblies” (Edward Lear)
  2. “A Sailor’s Life” - Songs sung and presented by The Hampshire Union - “Le Pique;”, “Just as the Tide was flowing”, “Yeller Girls”, “Hornpipe” and  “Whip Jamboree”


‘He always thought of the sea as la mar, which is what people call her in Spanish when they love her.’ - Ernest Hemingway

  1. Readings from Richard III (Shakespeare and Psalm 107 music from “Peter Grimes” (Benjamin Britten)
  2. Song “Ellen Vannin”
  3. Reading from “The Ancient Mariner” (Coleridge), music “Antartica Symphony” (Vaughan Williams)
  4. From “The Times” newspaper, April 15th & 16th, 1912
  5. Music “Salty Dog” (Procul Harem)
  6. From “The Wreck Of The Steamer LONDON”  (Wm. McGonnagle)
  7. Reading from “The Ancient Mariner” (Coleridge)
  8. From “117 Days Adrift”    (M. & M.Bailey)
  9. “The Lobster Quadrille” (Lewis Carrol)
  10. From  “Three Men in a Boat” (Jerome K. Jerome)
  11. Song “Shoals of Herring”
  12. From  “The Old Man And the Sea” (Ernest Hemingway)
  13. “The  Fish” (E. Bishop)
  14. Sea Shanties “Heave Away Me Johnnie”, “Johnnie’s Gone to Hilo”
  15. Music “Fairwell to Tawaithe” (Judy Collins)
  16. From “Under Milk Wood” (Dylan Thomas)


‘The water is so cold; I am waiting and watching come to me.’ - Anon

  1. Music “Neptune”, Planets Suite    (Holst)
  2. Readings from “The Dragon Slayer” (R. Sutcliffe,’), Music “Phaedra” (Tangerine, Dream)
  3. Song “Banks of Green Willow”
  4. Song “Ranter’s Wharf”
  5. Celtic Seal Poem (Alain Stivell)
  6. Song    “The Great Silkie”
  7. “Noah”, (Siegfried Sassoon)
  8. “When Jesus Was a Sailor” (Judy Collins)

The Company

Readers and Actors - directed by Sonia Morris
Ann Archer,   David Bartlett,   Sheana Carrington,   Carol Clark,   Jenny McConnell,   Jim Smith,   Ken Spencer,   Alan Watson,   Jenni Watson
The Hampshire Union - songs researched by Jon Witcher
Pete Harris,   Chris Mitchell,   Dudley Savage,   Jon Witcher
Dance and Mime - choreographed by Jennie Cox
Mary Brand,   Carol Clark,   Mary Elliott,   Paul Elliott,   Gina Evans,   Kay Hann,   Steve Lange,   Meri Lawther,   Terry Purse,   Georgina Williams,   Teresa Stace,   Kate Summerton,   Alan Watson,   Sandy White
For the Maskers:  
Compiled by Sonia Morris
Directed by Jennie Cox
Technical Director Ron Tillyer
Stage Manager Keith Hooper
Lighting Clive Weeks
Sound Tony Lawther
Set Design &Decoration Ken Spencer
Set Construction Alan Baker
Wardrobe Kay Hann
Assisted by Anne Strong
Business Management Brian Stansbridge
Publicity Graham Buchanan

Download/view notes on the Programme here.


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