Meow Meow’s Little Mermaid

  • Cabaret
  • Created and performed by Meow Meow
  • Featuring Chris Ryan and The Siren Effect Orchestra
  • Director: Michael Kantor
  • The Hub, Edinburgh
  • Until 27 August 2017
  • By Marine Furet
  • 14 August 2017
Meow Meow’s Little Mermaid
4.0Reviewer's Rating

Meow Meow turns The Hub into her glittery, shimmery palace in this rowdy cabaret version of The Little Mermaid, where the classic tale becomes the pretext for an exercise in deconstructing the pipe dreams of love.

Meow Meow arrives on stage blubbering, “This is a show about happiness”. She then goes on to lecture us about the impossibility of finding love in a world in crisis, prancing around the stage in diving flippers. In between impressive vocal performances, such as a cover of Regina Spektor’s appropriately aqueous “Après moi le déluge (After me comes the flood)”, supported by The Siren Effect Orchestra, she takes apart her own fantasies of true love – literally pulling her former suitors’ best parts (an arm, a foot…) from a trapdoor on stage.

Whether she goes crowd surfind, or flying above the audience in a fishing net, she unabashedly catches all the light with true diva quality, crafting a show that seems perpetually fascinated with its own shiny surface but playfully escapes the pitfall of superficiality.

Hans Christian Andersen’s original tale is pared down to its two central figures: a young mermaid who exchanges her voice for human legs, and a prince. The well-known story becomes a vehicle for the artist’s dizzying soul-searching and questions about her own performance, the flow of which is frequently interrupted by the comings and goings of a technician (Chris Ryan) who has come to do a health and safety check on the show. The Little Mermaid makes for a bittersweet and fun-filled evening.

About The Author

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Marine Furet is a student of English literature at the University of Glasgow. She hails from France, but enjoys all things British from Shakespeare to Virginia Woolf. She loves going to shows of all sorts, ranging from classic plays to contemporary productions. She is also very interested in Spanish and Latin American literature, and occasionally teaches French.

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