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The Boy and the Mermaid

Ticket Information

Prices: £8, Conc £6, Memb £6.40

Suitable for all ages 6+. 

The Boy and the Mermaid

Sunday 26 Feb 2017 2:00pm

Tags: Family and Children's

Innovative puppetry and exciting storytelling in this family show. 

On the furthest edge of a wind-battered rock there sits a small fishing town.

The town lives by the rhythms of the sea; its tides and its weather. As regular as the lapping of the waves on the shore.

Sometimes it feels like the town is at the edge of the world. That’s mainly because it is.

Dylan lives with his grandma, forbidden from venturing beyond the shore. But the terrifying tales she tells of horrors in the deep only whet his appetite – he stares at the ocean and dreams. 
Paper Balloon present this beautiful and exciting new show for family audiences (6+) available for touring from March 2017. Based on an original story by Alex Kanefsky, and featuring original songs and music from Darren Clark (The Little Gardener, The Scarecrow’s Wedding), the play explores one exposed island’s relationship with the outside world, told through our unique combination of lyrical storytelling, puppetry and physical theatre.

‘The Boy and the Mermaid‘ was presented as a scratch performance in April 2016 following a period of research and development with young people in coastal communities, exploring our relationship with the ocean; its traditions, its music and its myths. This phase was supported by funding from Arts Council England (Grants for the Arts), in partnership with Half Moon Theatre, Folkestone Quarterhouse, Deals’ The Astor Theatre and The Horsebridge Arts Centre in Whitstable.

In the wake of the humanitarian crisis on Europe’s shores, this enchanting play uses traditional sea shanties and original new music fused with puppetry, storytelling and movement to explore how one mythical town responds when faced with newcomers from the ocean.