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By Polly Teale
Series: NHB Modern Plays
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781848424869, 64 pages, March 2015


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.


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

- The Public Reviews

'A beautiful, stylistic and intelligent adaptation'

- Teaching Drama

'Wonderfully atmospheric'

- WhatsOnStage