• Aaltje Stuart, Barbara Denham and Michele Galvin

    Aaltje Stuart, Barbara Denham and Michele Galvin

  • Ena Howard and Tahleasin Parker

    Ena Howard and Tahleasin Parker

  • Samantha Morris and Jen Morris

    Samantha Morris and Jen Morris

  • Garrick Smith and Jenny Wookey

    Garrick Smith and Jenny Wookey

  • Stephen Pike, Bronwyn Sullivan and Amy Sullivan

    Stephen Pike, Bronwyn Sullivan and Amy Sullivan

  • Lucy Gledhill and Peter Churcher

    Lucy Gledhill and Peter Churcher

  • Alysandra Grant, Alex Bryant, Gabby Stewart and Oliver Durbidge

    Alysandra Grant, Alex Bryant, Gabby Stewart and Oliver Durbidge

  • Hannah Mathieson and Karen Mathieson

    Hannah Mathieson and Karen Mathieson

  • Daniel and Lisa Irvine

    Daniel and Lisa Irvine

The Little Mermaid @ The Canberra Theatre

9 April 2016

The Little Mermaid at the Canberra Theatre is the kind of school holiday fare you should take the kids to. Let them get amongst the whole underwater wonders and wiley ways of this fishy environment and the piscatorial imagining that the little mermaid could possibly cross over into our leggy world and fall in love with a handsome prince.

It’s not the show of the original story that Hans Christian Anderson had us mesmerized by, this one has a happy ending, nor is it the Disney version that seems so long ago and in need of a refresh, instead its rollicking good fun with a cast of characters who develop personalities to lighten the darker side of this ‘fairy tale’, and keep the show swimming along like a jolly good panto with great music, costumes, lighting and simple sets that keep us ducking below the water line or sitting on a rocky outcrop.

Sebastian the ‘rasta’crab with a Jamaican accent, the shy flustering flounder, the all tap dancing, singing and tongue twisting Scuttle the seagull and Flotsam and Jetsam in their underwater lair with the magnificent Ursula rocking her fabulous frock and creating underwater witchery are among the characters you will love. So too Chef Louis - he wont make it to Master Chef - giving ‘Les Poissons’ his cleaver treatment and the Princesses, the disparate group of gorgeous giggly girls, the siblings of our Littlest Mermaid.

It’s fun and fast, stylish and colourful with the component parts of the production melding for a great show that puts a smile on your face and brings back lots of memories. Free Rain again showing that they can take the big productions and work their magic. Make time to see it at Canberra Theatre.