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1st May 2018 - 5th May 2018
Little Mermaid – The Circus Sensation
Spectacular circus and spellbinding songs combine in this extraordinary new adaptation from the award-winning Metta Theatre. With awe-inspiring acrobatics and hauntingly beautiful original folk songs this is a show for everyone.
The Little Mermaid longs for life on land, the Prince is consumed by the lure of the sea. When a raging storm brings them together, the wheels of fate are set in motion. Sacrificing her voice to the powerful Sea Witch, the Mermaid will face many more obstacles if she is ever to be with her Prince. For life on land is not as she dreamed and, unable to return to her sisters beneath, she remains floating helplessly above the waves. Her only hope rests with her sisters – can they help the Prince conquer his fears, return to the sea and reveal his true feelings, before it is too late…
Written by Poppy Burton-Morgan and Designed by William Reynolds – the team that brought you the smash hit Jungle Book – with music by Matt Devereaux, and starring seven of the world’s leading circus artists, this breathtakingly beautiful production will enchant everyone from 8 to 108. A triumphant tale of love overcoming all.
Suitable for ages 8+ (Younger Children will be admitted)
Running time: 70 Minutes (No Interval)
★★★★ ‘stunning, sophisticated, genuine wow factor’ Manchester Theatre Awards
★★★★ ‘spellbinding… the perfect blend of circus and musical theatre’ Upstaged Manchester
★★★★ ‘an acrobatic fantasia of delights, inspiring, stupendous, sublime…a work of magical magnificence’ North West End (York)
★★★★ ‘imaginative beyond belief…extraordinary, brilliant, spellbinding, Astounding’ North West End (Manchester)
★★★★ ‘beautiful and heartwarming’ What’s Good To Do
‘Gasp-inducing…stunning’ The Stage
‘Death-defying…extraordinary…a joy to behold’ British Theatre Guide
‘magic…magnificent… irresistible’ Exeunt
Production Photographs by Robert Day
Ticket price includes a £1 contribution to ur heritage fund.
Choice Radio Worcester
Metta Theatre has been to Malvern before, when they brought their dramatic re-imagining of Jungle Book to the stage. Now they are back with another show, Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid, guaranteed to impress both children and adults alike.
This time, the audience is met by a stage apparently covered with shimmering blue water and an old anchor, indicating immediately that what we are about to see are mermaids above and below in their natural habitat. It's a simple story - thankfully, as there were adults in the audience! - where mermaid meets mortal, in this case the youngest of the mermaid sisters meeting, and falling in love with, a prince on her 16th birthday.
Metta's renowned skills take the tale to a completely new level of imaginative story-telling, singing and music, bringing in elements of sisterhood, courage and love in a truly energetic and flawless 70-minute performance. Using extensive and stunning acrobatics, the entire team work together to bring some seriously intricate movement to the stage, using various trapezes, a giant hula hoop (incredibly well done) and even a ship's watch tower, as well as hanging from a chandelier. Let alone playing violin upside down whilst doing so!
The free-flowing show is a delight to watch and look carefully and you can see in the faces of the performers the enormous care and attention which they are taking to ensure that all of the moves work perfectly every time, with each relying on the skills of one or more of the others to achieve their moves.
This is a beautiful way to introduce theatre to children with so many different elements which will impress them and maybe encourage them to take part in the future.
The only question is… seriously, why do kids get all the best shows?!