A bold reimagining of Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of love, loss and desire.
Below the ocean there is no death or pain or separation. Above the water is the modern world beset with war, poverty and need. On her sixteenth birthday, a mermaid rises up to the surface, leaving her childhood behind forever when she falls in love with a mortal prince. She knows that she can no longer live at the bottom of the ocean, but must she destroy herself in order to be loved?
Shared Experience is renowned for its thrilling adaptions of literary classics. Plundering Hans Christian Andersen’s haunting tale for its dark, erotic, mythic power, writer and director Polly Teale (Jane Eyre, After Mrs Rochester, Brontë) transports the story to a contemporary setting in this spell binding new production.
Using a choir of local young women to create an unearthly musical landscape Shared Experience conjures the magical world of Mermaids.
There will be a Post-Show Talk with director Polly Teale and the Mermaid company on Monday 16 February.
“Wonderfully atmospheric… a rich visual feast.” ★★★★
What’s On Stage
“A gripping and emotionally taut tale of two worlds…as a piece of theatre it works swimmingly well.”
The Public Reviews
“Teale’s direction is sublinme.” ★★★★
Writer and Director Polly Teale
Designer Tom Piper
Lighting Designer Oliver Fenwick
Composer and Sound Designer Jon Nicholls
Movement Director Liz Ranken
Associate Director Laura Farnworth
Dates & Times
|Mermaid - Fri 13 Mar 7:45pm Fri 13 Mar||Main House||7:45pm||£9.50 - £12|
|Mermaid - Sat 14 Mar 7:45pm Sat 14 Mar||Main House||7:45pm||£11.50 - £28.50|
|Mermaid - Mon 16 Mar 7:45pm Mon 16 Mar||Main House||7:45pm||£10.50 - £26.50|
|Mermaid - Tue 17 Mar 7:00pm Tue 17 Mar||Main House||7:00pm||£10.50 - £26.50|
|Mermaid - Thu 19 Mar 1:30pm Thu 19 Mar||Main House||1:30pm||£10.50 - £15|
|Mermaid - Thu 19 Mar 7:45pm Thu 19 Mar||Main House||7:45pm||£10.50 - £26.50|
|Mermaid - Fri 20 Mar 7:45pm Fri 20 Mar||Main House||7:45pm||£10.50 - £26.50|
|Mermaid - Sat 21 Mar 2:30pm Sat 21 Mar||Main House||2:30pm||£10.50 - £15|
|Mermaid - Sat 21 Mar 7:45pm Sat 21 Mar||Main House||7:45pm||£11.50 - £28.50|
‘Pushing the boat of theatricality way beyond its usual moorings’
— The Guardian on Shared Experience