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: www.theweekintheatre.com