Shared Experience & Nottingham Playhouse



21 - 25 April, 7.30pm
Matinee 25 April, 2pm


£15 - £25
Matinee: £12 - £20
Concessions: £2 off
Under 25s: Half price

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Written and Directed by Polly Teale

Post-show talk: 22 April

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  • Show Information
  • Show Times
  • Reviews
  • Cast & Team

Show Information

Below the ocean there is no death or pain or separation. Above the water is the modern world beset with war, poverty and need.

A bold reimagining of Hans Christian Andersen's tale of love, loss and desire.

On her sixteenth birthday, a mermaid rises up to the surface, leaving her childhood behind forever when she falls in love with a mortal prince.

Plundering Hans Christian Andersen's haunting tale for its dark, erotic, mythic power, writer and director Polly Teale (Brontë, Jane Eyre, Speechless) transports the story to a contemporary setting in this spell-binding new production.

Using a chorus of local young women to create an unearthly musical landscape Shared Experience conjures the magical world of the Mermaids.

Shared Experience Workshops

Shared Experience is currently studied on the AQA Syllabus at A Levels

The company offer workshops for schools and groups who are interested in the way Shared Experience approach a text in the rehearsal room:

Process workshops
These intensive workshops give schools, actors and directors an insight into the Shared Experience rehearsal process, sharing key exercises that are at the heart of the company's expressionistic approach, including creating an ensemble and using movement to explore the meaning behind text. Process Workshops are an invaluable opportunity for anyone interested in engaging further with the company and its work.
A 2 hour session and can be delivered where the School/ College/ University/ group meets

Maximum 20 per workshops
For further details and booking please contact Hannah Bevan on  01865 305321 /

Mermaid Education Pack

Show Times

Tuesday 21 April 7.30pm
Wednesday 22 April 7.30pm
Thursday 23 April 7.30pm
Friday 24 April 7.30pm
Saturday 25 April 2.00pm


"A hugely ambitious show" The Observer

"Ambitious, thoughtful ... beautiful piece" Financial Times

"Wonderfully atmospheric… a rich visual feast.” **** What’s On Stage

A gripping and emotionally taut tale of two worlds…as a piece of theatre it works swimmingly well.
The Public Reviews

Teale’s direction is sublinme.” **** Exeunt

"Pushing the boat of theatricality way beyond its usual moorings." - The Guardian on Shared Experience

"Theatre doesn't come more exciting than this..." - Daily Telegraph on Shared Experience

Cast & Team

Written and Directed by Polly Teale


Ritu Arya
Polly Frame
Natalie Gavin
Finn Hanlon
Miranda Mac Letten
Steve North
Amka Okafor
Sarah Twomey


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