‘Little Mermaid’ Reimagined As Spectacular Brisbane Festival Cabaret


Forget the Disney version!

Australian cabaret performer Meow Meow, a.k.a. Melissa Madden-Grey, is swimming onto this year’s Brisbane Festival stage with Meow Meow’s Little Mermaid.

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The show transforms the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale of sacrifice, salvation and seduction into a spectacular cabaret.

Director Michael Kantor describes the show as a satirical take on the trials and tribulations of the heart.

“Expect to be thrilled and a little appalled as Meow dissects our petty and trifling hang ups about love, romance and attraction, and exposes her inner most fears and fantasies,” he said.

“Like all good Meow shows, behind the soaring melodies, dazzling dancing and hilarious self-mockery, a very fragile and emotionally raw woman is washed on the rocks of heartache and despair.

“But through it all the ideal of love holds true and is cherished and ultimately rejoiced by Meow and us her co-sailors on this odyssey in pursuit of happiness.”

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Accompanying the underwater themed stage and costume design is a collection of haunting songs that will bring a tear to the eye, with contemporary originals by the likes of Amanda Palmer, Kate Miller-Heidke and Megan Washington.

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Brisbane Festival Artistic Director David Berthold said he’s eager to see Meow Meow’s Little Mermaid come to life at Brisbane Festival, providing audiences with a sharp and sassy contrast to the Disney classic.

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“Meow Meow is one of the world’s genius entertainers, and this is her at her most seductive,” he said.

“The songs are great, with some of them gorgeously poignant. This is a show for anyone who’s ever been in love, and or has longed. Get ready to laugh through tears.”

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Meow Meow’s Little Mermaid runs from September 15 to 24, and is one of more than 70 productions at this year’s Brisbane Festival. Tickets are on sale now and are available at the Brisbane Festival website. Watch a sneak preview of the show below:

(Top photo by Prudence Upton, other photos by Pia Johnson)