Meow Meow’s Little Mermaid / is a decidedly un-Disney cabaret, where sexy spectacle drips into a bittersweet take on what constitutes a ‘happy ending’. Join post-postmodern diva Meow Meow as she raucously subverts Hans Christian Andersen’s mermaid tale of teen self-sacrifice, salvation and seduction.

A world of old sea shanties and hymns from the Titanic will give way to a glittering array of contemporary originals, as she sails to a land of altered hearts, minds and body parts.

In part two of the ‘little’ trilogy that began with Meow Meow’s Little Match Girl in 2 the cat is back, and she’s not afraid to go into the water! This operatic and outrageous sea ride features a posse of real life princes. Forget the fairy tale you thought you knew, this rollicking affair / is a fairy tale gone rogue.

"THIS SAUCY ROMP THROUGH ANDERSEN'S AQUATIC FABLE IS CABARET PERFECTION"
— Limelight Magazine
"[MEOW MEOW] HOLDS NOTHING BACK, AND YOU CAN’T HELP BUT SHUFFLE OUT OF THIS SHOW SMILING"
— ArtsHub

PRODUCTION PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS

This production 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 and Malthouse Theatre.

Key Image: Andrew Gough
Images: Pia Johnson

Partners

CREATED & PERFORMED BY /

Meow Meow

DIRECTION /

Michael Kantor

SET & COSTUME DESIGN / 

Anna Cordingley

LIGHTING DESIGN / 

Paul Jackson

MUSICAL DIRECTION / 

Jethro Woodward

DRAMATURG / 

Tom Wright

COMEDY DIRECTION / 

Cal McCrystal

CHOREOGRAPHY / 

Kate Denborough

MUSICAL COMPOSITION BY /

Amanda Palmer, Jherek Bischoff, Megan Washington, Kate Miller-Heidke, Iain Grandage,  Thomas M Lauderdale

FEATURING / 

Chris Ryan & The Siren Effect Orchestra

Event & ticketing details

Accessibility

Wheelchair Access
Audio Described

Dates & Times

PREVIEW 7.30pm, Thu 28 Jan
OPENING NIGHT 7.30pm , Fri 29 Jan
AUDIO DESCRIBED 7.30pm, Thu 11 Feb

Location

Merlyn Theatre

The Malthouse, 113 Sturt St, Southbank 3006

Get directions

Train

Any train to Flinders Street, then a 12-minute stroll through Melbourne’s sparkling Arts Precinct.

Tram

The No. 1 South Melbourne tram goes right past our door. Get off at Stop 18. Any tram down St Kilda Road—jump off at Grant Street, Stop 17 and take a 3-minute walk.

Event notes

WARNINGS / 

Contains strobe lighting, haze effects and some coarse language.

DURATION / 

1 hour 20 minutes