Puppetry and Shadow Theatre For Families

From one of its earliest beginnings in ancient Egypt, a story best known across the globe as Cinderella shape-shifts its common threads into the world of the seas; linking nations and hosting secret sea creatures from both fresh water and salt water

…Mermarella is not the same creature as those she serves, who envy her gifts. She is kidnapped and taken to where they dwell – not far from where the fresh green waters of the Nile flow into the blue salt waters of the Mediterranean.

She craves for acceptance in the salt water world – but will she ever be the same and find love again in this foreign kingdom? Must she really become something else to achieve her dream, or might her differences enchant and inspire the dances everyone shares?

Puppetry, shadow theatre and acting bring this comic tale to its modern day outcome, aimed at thinking families and the young at heart of all ages.


Duration 40 minutes

Available as repeat performances and/or with an accompanying interactive installation or workshop.

Directed by Steve Tiplady
Performed by Anna Ingleby with Frances Allison or Rachel Harris
Original Music by Phil Codd
Written by Frances Allison with Julian Woodford
Characters designed by Anna Ingleby
Mermaid creations supported by Nick Barnes (thanks to Assemble Fest 2017)
Rope hair designs by Mary Credland

Choice of Workshops available for venues:
– Shadow Puppet Making
– Contemporary Shadow Theatre Techniques
– Interactive Handling Installation

An Ideal Family Activity or Educational Stimulus for:
– Shadow & Light, pivots & levers (Science, Art & Design)
– Literacy & Cross-Curricular projects
– Topic of Diversity & Inter-Cultural Acceptance

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