Shared Experience Theatre Company / Nottingham Playhouse
directed by Polly Teale
Sound, music and stunning movement work were integral to Shared Experience’s dark and visceral re-imagining of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairytale. The score weaves thunderous seascapes with live singing by choirs of teenage girls creating the unearthly music of the mermaids.
‘‘…a piercingly poetic meditation on the myths and pressures of modern femininity…an irresistible current of tempestuous emotion…the whole, with gorgeous, unearthly music by Jon Nicholls, is a siren song of pain, ecstasy and cruel seduction, intensified by a watchful chorus of young women, recruited locally throughout the production’s tour, who swell the cast on stage to sing it. Heart-breakingly beautiful.’ ( ***** The Times)