Little Mermaid

I am making a show based on The Little Mermaid story. It’s my first time devising a piece, so it’s a journey in more ways than one. I am working with some amazing women: Edith Tankus and Caroline Horton performing and Kirsty Harris designing. We did three days R&D in June. At the end Shelley Hastings and Claire Beresford came in to see what we had been up to and chat to us about our ideas. In the R&D we focused on the key moments and relationships in the story, and in particular about what makes us human.

“My little beast, my eyes, my favourite stolen egg.  Listen. To live is to be marked.  To live is to change, to acquire the words of a story, and that is the only celebration we mortals really know.  In perfect stillness, frankly, I’ve only found sorrow.”

There’s lots more thoughts on the first three days R&D here:

6 responses to “Little Mermaid”

  1. Katy Smith

    Hello Allegra,
    Do you have any more photos from the piece?

  2. Marc Heatley

    Not much to contribute, other than to say I’ve had “to acquire the words of a story, that is the only celebration we mortals really know” going around and around in my head since I first read it.

    It’s a beautiful notion.

  3. sophieb

    what are the next steps for this itch? i am keeping an eye on this idea… as i really rate you guys as collaborators and i love the story.

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