The Little Mermaid

Fri 5th – Sat 20th Aug 2011


“Completed by an outstanding set with a somewhat organic growth, be beguiled and amused by ‘The Little Mermaid’.”





Jackinabox Productions


Jackinabox Productions present:

‘The Little Mermaid’

Follow The Little Mermaid’s journey into adulthood and dry land this summer. Always leading a wistful and dreamy life, pondering the world above the surface, The Little Mermaid delves into murky waters, disobeying the strict limitations of her world under the sea, by falling in love with a Prince from the land. Using choreography to tell the story of The Little Mermaid and immersive theatre to bring it to a modern plane (and comic relief) Hans Christian Andersen’s dark fairytale is refreshed and told in a moving new way.

A young theatre company with a lot of experience, Jackinabox Productions wishes to bring its success to a larger level at the Edinburgh Fringe. Based in York, Jackinabox is raring to explore its potential by updating a beautiful method of storytelling and giving ‘The Little Mermaid’ new life. Perfect for a family outing, with visual and plot aspects to entertain your youngsters and darker elements for older family members, ‘The Little Mermaid’ provides an exhilarating experience for all.

Scripted by the lovely John Askew and Hayley Thompson, they have used their own experiences in their direction to bring the world under the sea close to land. Askew brings his typical tongue in cheek feel to ‘The Little Mermaid’ and his wicked humour takes it out of the gloomy depths and into laughter. It simultaneously touches the mind with the sensual and expressive choreography from Thompson, going from balletic grace to contorted contemporary to explore the shadier side of the tale. Thompson’s long history of dance training shines through in The Little Mermaid’s (Olivia Fisher’s) movements. Completed by an outstanding set with a somewhat organic growth, be beguiled and amused by ‘The Little Mermaid’.

“deeply enjoyable” - ‘The Yorker’ - http://www.theyorker.co.uk/news/theatre/5861

Admission: £4.50(£3.50) – £9(£7)


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