Who could have predicted that Kenneth Grahame’s genteel Edwardian tale about riverbanks and hot buttered toast would translate so well to Metta Theatre’s grime infused retelling? I went in sceptical; I came out converted by one of the freshest, most original pieces of theatre I’ve seen this year.
Metta Theatre’s touring production In The Willows transforms the classic tale of Wind in the Willows into a hip-hop musical for the 21st century.
Metta theatre’s The Little Mermaid at the Underbelly Festival is skilful, charming, and lyrically beautiful in music and movement, economically directed by Burton Morgan.
Every performer displays bucket-loads of charisma, musical talent and quite sublime circus skills in The Little Mermiad. Even if you don’t have a child to entertain, you can’t fail to be utterly entranced by this delightful, splashy sisterhood.
The Little Mermaid is a tame show, neither hilarious or moving but gently soothing – childlike in form and function. Off-script jokes and commentary on the narrative choices would allow for a feminist retelling to thread through the work which, at present, is lacking.
It was a first for me to be able to appreciate Little Mermaid performed this way. However, I hope this will be the first of many opportunities as I witnessed something extraordinary in Metta Theatre’s production.
Using a vibrant and intoxicating fusion of hip-hop, street dance, circus and storytelling, Metta’s Jungle Book is suitable for all ages 8 and up.