By Polly Teale

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ISBN: 9781848424869
Format: 198mm x 129mm
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Published: 26th March 2015
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Category: Literary adaptations, Modern drama (post-1945), Plays for young people (12-18 years)

Series: NHB Modern Plays

First Staged: Shared Experience UK tour, 2015

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A bold reimagining of Hans Christian Andersen's tale of love, loss and desire, transported to a contemporary setting.

Beneath the ocean's waves there is no death or pain or separation. Above, the modern world is beset with war, poverty and desire.

On her sixteenth birthday, a mermaid rises up to the surface, leaving her childhood behind for ever when she falls in love with a mortal prince. She knows that she can no longer live at the bottom of the ocean - but must she destroy herself in order to be loved?

Polly Teale's Mermaid was first performed by Shared Experience and Nottingham Playhouse on a UK tour in 2015.

'wonderfully atmospheric'

- WhatsOnStage

'an enchanting fairy story brought splashing into present-day, superbly woven around a highly descriptive text'

- The Public Reviews

Polly Teale is Artistic Director of Shared Experience. Her other plays for the company include the Time Out and Evening Standard Award-winning After Mrs Rochester, Brontë, and an acclaimed adaptation of Jane Eyre.

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