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Meow Meow 's Little Mermaid | 2017 International Festival © Pia Johnson

Meow Meow's Little Mermaid

Meow Meow / Malthouse Theatre

Forget the Little Mermaid you thought you knew. Meow Meow’s subversive cabaret is a fairytale gone rogue.

European Premiere

Forget the Little Mermaid you thought you knew. Meow Meow’s subversive cabaret is a fairytale gone rogue.

The legendary post-post-modern diva takes up residence in International Festival HQ for a festival-long run. Joined by a posse of DIY princes, she gives Hans Christian Andersen’s story of self-sacrifice, seduction and salvation a raucous contemporary make-over.

Meow Meow’s Little Mermaid is a wild and hilarious riot, colliding Andersen’s dark aquatic fantasy with her own mis-adventures in love, blending sparkling frivolity with fierce intelligence – and a blowtorch wit.

Casting salty sea shanties overboard, she conjures instead a glittering world of original songs and compositions by siren collaborators Amanda Palmer, Kate Miller-Heidke, Megan Washington and more. There's passion and poignancy as the mermaid longs to gain a human body, a human soul, the love of a prince... a happy ending.

Adored at last year’s International Festival singing lost and banned Weimar songs alongside Barry Humphries, Meow Meow is the queen of cabaret, mixing pin-sharp one-liners with a voice as smooth and intoxicating as absinthe . She is an award-winning actress, dancer and singer, whose unique brand of performance art exotica has hypnotised, inspired and terrified audiences from New York to Berlin, London to Sydney. She has performed her works with world renowned orchestras such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and for Pina Bausch’s Tanztheater Wuppertal amongst other groups and played Titania in Emma Rice's recent A Midsummer Night's Dream at Shakespeare's Globe.

Join her on her voyage to a land of altered hearts, minds and body parts, in her very personal vision of Andersen’s bittersweet fable.

Photo: Pia Johnson

An Edinburgh International Festival production of the original Malthouse Theatre and Sydney Festival production

Meow Meow Creator and performer

Featuring Chris Ryan and The Siren Effect Orchestra

Michael Kantor Director
Anna Cordingley Set and costume designer
Paul Jackson Lighting designer
Zoe Barry Musical director
Cal McCrystal Comedy director
Kate Denborough Choreographer
Tom Wright Dramaturgy

Amanda Palmer, Megan Washington, Kate Miller-Heidke, Iain Grandage, Thomas M Lauderdale, Jherek Bischoff Music

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government's Major Festivals initiative in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals, Sydney Festival, Perth International Arts Festival, Malthouse Theatre and Auckland Arts Festival.

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3-27 August 2017

This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book or watch. The 2021 programme will be announced in June.

Meow Meow has star quality to burn... she's the flame - the audience mere moths

The Metro

Hilarious, wounding and truly delightful, Meow Meow's The Little Mermaid is breathtakingly good

Herald Sun