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    The Tap Dancing Mermaid

    The Tap Dancing Mermaid

    • 12 Feb -
      16 Feb 2023
      12 Feb - 16 Feb 2023

    This February half term Tessa Bide Productions returns to celebrate the company’s 10th birthday with their beautiful puppetry show for ages 3-8 and their families

    It’s time to hear the Moon’s story, one you will NEVER forget…

    Gather round, gather round for the Moon’s magical, mystical story about a tippetty-top tap dancer who he has been watching at night. Marina Skippett creeps out of her house every night to shuffle and stomp on the boardwalk to the sounds of the sea. She can’t tap dance at home anymore since her evil, tractor-sized Aunty banned it, threatening to feed Marina’s dinners to the dog! But then, one moonlit night, Marina meets a mysterious, watery boy called Leo swimming in the sea and her life is never the same again!

    The “truly amazing one woman power house” Tessa Bide brings you her celebrated devised solo production, called “just everything a children’s theatre experience should be” (Childplays). There are stunning puppets, original live music to sing along to and tap dancing that will make you want to stick 50ps to your shoes and join in! For everyone aged 3 to 133.

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    • RUNNING TIME45mins
    • TICKETS£8 (£6 for groups of 20+, ages 2 and under go free)
    • VENUE

    TIME: 11am & 2pm

    Relaxed performances – 11am & 2pm on Tuesday 14th February:
    These performances are ‘relaxed’ performances to make the space feel more welcoming to those who might not feel very comfortable in a theatre setting. We will open the house earlier than normal (20 minutes before the show) to allow you/your child to become accustomed with the space. We will keep the house lights on dimly throughout (so it won’t get too dark) and the show’s sound will be set at a lower volume. We will keep the door open throughout so you feel welcome to leave/come back into the auditorium if you/your child needs. If you have any questions or further access needs, please let us know.

    • ****

      “The perfect example of a show where the adults are just as enthralled as the kids.”

      A Younger Theatre
    • ****

      “If you drew up a checklist of all the things a good children’s show should contain, The Tap Dancing Mermaid would tick every box… This is a show for all to enjoy.”

      The List
    • ****

      “The exceptionally engaged young audience is testament to an engrossing show that is full of compassion and makes siblings of us all.”

      Guardian (on Tessa Bide’s Perfect)
    • “A very special show not to be missed.”

      Primary Times (on Tessa Bide’s A Strange New Space)
    • “Tessa Bide has a rare talent for accessing the inner vision of a child in such a natural way.”

      Manchester’s Finest
    • “Tessa Bide understands children in a way that can’t be taught.”

      Children’s Theatre Reviews

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