Little Angel Theatre – The Singing Mermaid

Little Angel Theatre - The Singing Mermaid

In an Islington back alley you’ll find the Little Angel Theatre, home for puppetry since it opened its doors in 1961. We’re frequent visitors and have enjoyed a rollercoaster of emotions through a range of performances at this cute theatre over the years.

Little Angel Theatre - The Singing Mermaid

Recently we were kindly invited to watch a performance of The Singing Mermaid and we literally jumped at the chance to be back. The compact 100 seat theatre provides an intimate atmosphere, fully immersing the audience in the drama as it unfolds.

Adapted for the stage by Samantha Lane and Barb Jungr, The Singing Mermaid is based on the original book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Lydia Monks. Both girls are huge fans of Donaldson’s witty rhyme with favourites being The Gruffalo and Room On a Broom. 

Little Angel Theatre - The Singing Mermaid

Walking in you’re immediately transported into a circus with strings of coloured lights, vibrant bunting and shell shaped lights leading to a fabulous big top stage. It was filled with an excited crowd of young and old, waiting for the show to begin.

Little Angel Theatre - The Singing Mermaid

Photo Credit © Ellie Kurttz

Three engaging performers (Samantha Sutherland, Lizzie Wort and Phil Yarrow) bring the charming yet cautionary showbiz tale alive of a golden-haired mermaid tricked by the greedy Sam Sly to join the travelling circus. Waving goodbye to her home Silversands she begins a hard life of daily circus performances whilst living out her days in a small fish tank.

Little Angel Theatre - The Singing Mermaid

Photo Credit © Ellie Kurttz

Longing for the day to see her home and friends again and wondering if she’ll ever escape the clutches of despicable Sam Sly.

Little Angel Theatre - The Singing Mermaid

Photo Credit © Ellie Kurttz

The audience was completely spellbound by the lively performance and giggled their way through the catchy songs, Sam Sly’s terrible puns and the fantastic choral renditions from the dancing crustaceans. Aimed at three to eight year olds, I found my nine-year old either transfixed or heckling Sam Sly panto style. With many grown ups with a twinkle in their eye, myself included.

Little Angel Theatre - The Singing Mermaid

After the performance we were treated to a behind-the-scenes tour. Where we met Lyndie Wright who co-founded the theatre with her husband John. Lyndie has made puppets for theatre and film throughout her life. It was incredible to watch the master at work and on a Sunday too may I add!

Little Angel Theatre - The Singing Mermaid

Little Angel Theatre - The Singing Mermaid

Walking around backstage we had a quick lesson in marionette puppetry, the art of controlling puppets from above using wires or strings.

Little Angel Theatre - The Singing Mermaid

Also, did you know puppets are usually made expressionless? The audience brings the emotion to the character, along with the story, puppeteering and ambience. It was fascinating and a real joy to show the girls the inner workings of a fascinating art form. Plus they got to meet Cinderella.

Little Angel Theatre - The Singing Mermaid

The Little Angel Theatre also offers puppet making and manipulating workshops for children and adults. There’s a Saturday Puppet Club too to help inspire the next generation of puppeteers.

The Singing Mermaid is on until April 22nd, I couldn’t recommend it more if you fancy escaping the real world for an explosion of funny capers, songs and enchanting puppets.

For more information on booking tickets and workshops, head to the Little Angel Theatre.

Have you ever been to a puppet theatre? Would you consider a puppeteering workshop? Let me know in the comments box below.

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Disclaimer: We were guests of the Little Angel Theatre, however, all views, opinions and photos unless otherwise stated are my own and remain a trademark of the Curious Pixie.

 

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14 Comments

  1. 19th March 2018 / 1:56 pm

    Oh that looks lovely – The Singing Mermaid is one of my daughters favourite bokks (ahem, and mine too) I adore the puppets, they look just like the illustrations from the books.

    • Sima Sthanakiya
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      19th March 2018 / 9:09 pm

      It’s a great one and only 50 minutes long so just right for wee attention spans. The puppets and the set really bring the book alive.

  2. 19th March 2018 / 2:49 pm

    Oh this sounds wonderful! My two love the theatre and this sounds perfect for them.

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      Author
      19th March 2018 / 9:10 pm

      It’s such a treat Jenny. My girls absolutely loved it.

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      Author
      19th March 2018 / 9:10 pm

      Oh you must Gemma. It’s a lovely production.

  3. 20th March 2018 / 8:57 am

    How cute!! I’ll have to take my nephews!

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      Author
      20th March 2018 / 2:00 pm

      Oh Angie, they will love it. Best Auntie award for you!

  4. 21st March 2018 / 6:29 am

    What a magical outing for the kids and how lucky to go backstage. Those puppets are real works of art!

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      Author
      25th March 2018 / 9:43 pm

      It was a so lovely Scarlett. They loved going to see how the production all came together.

  5. 22nd March 2018 / 4:00 pm

    Cute!! One added to my list for when my god daughter is in London!

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      Author
      25th March 2018 / 9:44 pm

      Definitely Binny, she’ll love it as will you I’m sure of it x

  6. 23rd March 2018 / 5:03 pm

    What a charming show! This caught my eye because my granddaughter was just in a live version of the musical, The Little Mermaid. Sounds like a similar story, and I loved it! (of course!).

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      Author
      25th March 2018 / 9:46 pm

      Oh really Sharon, where was this? We loved thus puppet production.

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