Mary Rose (2012)

28 Mar - 28 Apr 2012
Riverside Studios
Creepy whispers, sepulchral screams and heartrending sobs make the blood run cold

Can you hear the call?

Award nominated theatre company DogOrange brings its visually stunning, imaginative style to this 20th Century classic ghost story by Peter Pan author J. M. Barrie in a beautifully haunting new production at the Riverside Studios, directed by Matthew Parker and featuring original music composed by Maria Haik Escudero and performed live.

In a Sussex manor house a ghost keeps watch, yearning for the return of her beloved boy. In the whispering waters surrounding the Hebrides, spirits keep vigil over a mysterious island.

Mary Rose is a supernatural story of love, lost innocence and the parallel world where our departed ones are still present, just beyond reach. DogOrange is proud to present an exciting and eerily beautiful feast for the eyes and ears.

Produced by Midnight (12AM) in association with Darbourne Luff.


  • Mary Rose: Jessie Cave
  • Simon: Carsten Hayes
  • Harry: Charlie Kerson
  • Mrs Otery: Joanna Watt
  • Mr Morland: Nicholas Hoad
  • Mrs Morland: Maggie Robson
  • Mr Amy: Alec Gray
  • Cameron: Phil Bishop
  • Ensemble: Greg Airey, Scott Ellis, Philippa George, Ariel Harrison, Caroline Ott, Sally Preston, Maya Thomas, Noah Young


  • Writer: J. M. Barrie
  • Director: Matthew Parker
  • Composer/Musical Director: Maria Haik Escudero
  • Designer: Cherry Truluck
  • Lighting: Gary Bowman
  • Sound: Andy Graham & Mike Thacker
  • Costume: Penelope Watson
  • General/Production Manager: Richard Darbourne
  • Stage Manager: Jess Ormsby
  • ASM: Karen Whyte
  • Movement: Elissavet Aravidou
  • Assistant Director: Max Reynolds
  • Casting: Annelie Powell
  • Make Up/Hair: Einat Smulian
  • Publicity Design/Production Photography: Laura Harling

Creepy whispers, sepulchral screams and heartrending sobs make the blood run cold


An aching sense of loss comes over in this touching revival... Matthew Parker’s enterprising production respects its peculiar mix of styles and brings out the strange and lingering feel of the piece

The Financial Times

this is an atmospheric and at times quietly devastating production

Time Out

Matthew Parker’s production is shiveringly atmospheric, suggesting the uncanny enchantment of an Arthur Rackham illustration

The Times

Parker’s production is impeccable, evoking Victorian sensibilities and fashion with great accuracy and attention to detail… Parker, his excellent cast and his incredible creative team must be commended for allowing us enter into a fully realised vision of JM Barrie’s Victorian spirit world and leave us with those spirits possessing ourselves

UK Theatre Web

It's the dark moments that make the play and it's the staging and direction that turn them in to something rather special... Mary Rose is an unusual tale told unusually. It scares, delights and thrills. You leave drained, relieved, confused, unsettled and immensely satisfied.

Ham Life