★★★★★ This saucy romp through Andersen's aquatic fable is cabaret perfection.- Limelight Magazine
In a nutshell:
Kamikaze-cabaret / Mermaids, Mermen and Tinder / Raucous and raunchy
A Malthouse Theatre and Sydney Festival Production
Created and performed by Meow Meow
Directed by Michael Kantor
Set and Costume Design by Anna Cordingley
Lighting and Design by Paul Jackson
Musical Direction by Jethro Woodward
Musical Composition by Jherek Bischoff, Iain Grandage, Thomas M Lauderdale, Kate Miller-Heidke, Amanda Palmer and Megan Washington
Comedy Direction by Cal McCrystal
Featuring Chris Ryan and The Siren Effect Orchestra
Meow Meow’s Little Mermaid is a decidedly un-Disney cabaret in which the sexy post-postmodern diva raucously subverts Hans Christian Andersen’s mermaid tale of teen self-sacrifice, salvation and seduction.
A world of old sea shanties and hymns from the Titanic gives way to a glittering array of contemporary originals as Meow Meow sails to a land of altered hearts, minds and body parts. This operatic and outrageous sea ride features a rocking live band and a posse of cardboard cut-out princes led by real-life prince Chris Ryan.
Forget the fairy tale you thought you knew, this rollicking affair is a fairy tale gone rogue.
PLEASE NOTE: THE OPENING NIGHT SHOW ON TUESDAY 8 MARCH IS SOLD OUT.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government's Major Festival's Initiative in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals, Sydney Festival, Perth International Arts Festival, Malthouse Theatre and Auckland Arts Festival.
Photograph: Andrew Gough