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Meow Meow's
Little Mermaid

Meow Meow / Malthouse Theatre
3 - 27 August 2017
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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.

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

Contains strobe lighting and haze effects

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  • Running time: 
    1hr 20mins approx (no interval)


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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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Meow Meow's Little Mermaid | Edinburgh Guide

August 9th 2017

a perfect combination of sass, laughs, and velvet vocals while indulging the ambience of late night decadent entertainment ★★★★★

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Review by: 

Imogen Rowe
Edinburgh Guide

Meow Meow's Little Mermaid | The Herald

August 6th 2017

those of us who thought the fizz had gone out of post-modernism were wrong ★★★★

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Review by: 

Keith Bruce
The Herald

Meow Meow's Little Mermaid | The Scotsman

August 7th 2017

bittersweet, riotous and entirely uplifting ★★★★

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Review by: 

Ben Walters
The Scotsman

Meow Meow's Little Mermaid | What's On Stage

August 14th 2017

as comically ramshackle as she is fiercely glamorous ★★★★

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Review by: 

Holly Williams
What's On Stage

Meow Meow's Little Mermaid | The Stage

August 10th 2017

she’s an entertainer of force and finesse and this is a cracking show, bittersweet in places, magical in others ★★★★

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Review by: 

Natasha Tripney
The Stage

Photo: Pia Johnson

This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book.

The 2018 International Festival will be available to browse online in the spring.


Main Hall: £32
Gallery seating: £25
Gallery standing: £15
Gallery (restricted view): £15

Current discounts

Students: 30% OFF
Senior citizens: 30% OFF
Unemployed: 30% OFF
BECTU, Equity, MU: 30% OFF
Young Scot cardholders: 50% OFF