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Theatre: The Boy and the Mermaid

Paper Balloon presents The Boy and the Mermaid, based on a story by Alex Kanefsky, with original songs by Darren Clark.

On the farthest edge of a wind-battered rock there sits a small fishing town. Sometimes it feels like the town is on the edge of the world. That's mainly because it is.

The Boy lives with his Grandma, forbidden from venturing beyond the shore, but the terrifying tales told of horrors in the deep only whet his appetite - he stares at the ocean and dreams.

Can one unlikely friendship save the Town On The Sea from catastrophe?

Join three abundantly be-bearded storytellers as they weave a fishy tale of musical merfolk, menacing monsters and spectacularly bad town planning.

With live music, puppetry, a rapping octopus and a shifting set full of surprises, this enchanting show is fun for all the family (recommended age 5+).

Featuring original songs from Darren Clark (The Scarecrow's Wedding, The Little Gardener, The Bear and the Piano) fused with traditional sea shanties, and based on an original story by Alex Kanefsky, The Boy and the Mermaid engages with big themes of migration and difference, through a fun, quirky and gripping tale.

Watch the trailer for The Boy and the Mermaid

Please note: A visual resource document is available for The Boy and the Mermaid, which is suitable for children and adults with autism, Asperger's, sensory processing disorder and associated conditions. It is intended to help prepare audience members for a new experience and to help them become familiar with the show, its content and story. Please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it the box office or call 01946 692422 if you would like a copy.

Audience feedback and reviews

This was an inventive, joyous story told by three highly-talented performers.
Newbury Weekly News

A charming nautical show for kids… The mermaid is particularly beautiful, though the fisherfolk portrayed with wellies is an utter delight.
The Play’s The Thing UK

Just saw the show and loved it. So creative. Loved the sea shanties and music and amazing puppetry.
Jackie, audience member, via Facebook

We had a fantastic afternoon. Such an amazing play. Thank you so much. Truly inspiring.
Debbie via Facebook

We took our three girls to see it today, and all thoroughly enjoyed the imaginative performance. Felt like clapping and singing along to the sea shanties. Great show.
Mark, via Facebook

Such a delightful show, we were both enthralled and walked away in awe of the wonderful creativity used to tell a tale.
Audience member via Instagram

Pre-performance dining

The Green Room is open for pre-performance dining, with à la carte options served all day from 12pm.

Please note the restaurant is very busy on performance days and reservations are essential.

Food in the Foyers
Food in the Foyers is ideal for anyone seeking a lighter bite in an informal setting. Available from 6pm, we offer a savoury picnic box for £15 and a sweet option for £10 - or why not choose both? See details here

Call the box office on 01946 692422 to order Food in the Foyers picnic boxes or book with your tickets. You are welcome to ask for your sweet box to be served during the interval. If you'd like to take advantage of this option please contact the box office.

Performance times and tickets

  • Thursday 11 April • 1pm
  • Tickets
    £10 • £8 U26

    Plus booking fee

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  • Best suited to ages 5+

    Running time approximately 1 hour with no interval

    Please note a booking fee of up to £1.50 applies to most transactions

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