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    Meet the Singing Mermaid Cast

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    Samuel Dutton

    Theatre includes: The Singing Mermaid, The Pixie and the Pudding, Me..., The Further Adventures of The Owl and The Pussycat, Fantastic Mr Fox (Little Angel Theatre); Miss Julie, Black Comedy (Chichester Festival Theatre); Citizen Puppet (Blind Summit); Mojo (Theatre -Rites/New Victory Theater, New York); The Tempest (Dundee Rep); Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Love’s Labour’s Lost (RSC); Melody Loses Her Mojo (Liverpool Playhouse); Meat (Bush Theatre); Engi, Tröll, Tomten (Handbendi Brúðuleikhús); Peter Pan (Royal Lyceum Edinburgh); The Selfish Giant, Pinocchio (Norwich Puppet Theatre). Awards include: Best Puppetry - Polish Association of Theatre Artists, Fringe First – Edinburgh.

    What was your favourite story when you were young?
    The Little Train by Graham Greene – amazing illustrations by Edward Ardizzone.

    Can you do any circus tricks?
    I thought about starting a flea circus but realised I’d have to start from scratch.

    Tell us a joke!
    What do you get when you cross the ocean with the beach? I’m not that shore.

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    Ruth Calkin

    Most recently Ruth has appeared in The Smartest Giant in Town (LAT/Fiery Light, West End); the award-nominated solo-performer show The Bed (Little Angel) and Twirlywoos (Live) (MEI). Other theatre includes: There May Be A Castle (LAT); Jina and the STEM Sisters (HMDT Music) and The Very Hungry Caterpillar (MEI). She has been a regular with Mark Mander in The Clementine Show (Crazy Coqs @ Brasserie Zédel) and past work includes productions with companies such as Oily Cart, Theatre-Rites, Kneehigh and the RSC. Ruth was the puppetry development lead for CBeebies’ Moon and Me.

    What was your favourite story when you were young?
    Everything by Roald Dahl but my top favourite was The Twits.

    Can you do any circus tricks?
    Erm…no…BUT! I would love to have a try at stilt walking?! Either that or the Wall of Death.

    Tell us a joke!
    What do you call a fish with no body and no nose? Nobody knows!

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    Daisy Porter

    Daisy trained at East 15. This is her fourth project with Little Angel Theatre, having worked on Out of This World, The Wishing Tree and The Pixie & The Pudding. Recent other theatre credits include: Mulan Rouge (The Vaults); Alice in Wonderland (UK Puppetry Tour); and Albert’s Wondrous Voyage (Royal Albert Hall). Daisy is also a playwright and her debut puppetry show Mr. Toad will be touring the UK this year - so keep an eye out!

    What was your favourite story when you were young?
    I grew up in Lyme Regis so my favourite book was Stone Girl, Bone Girl by Laurence Anholt. I used to walk on the beach and pretend I was Mary Anning looking for fossils - and sometimes I would be lucky and find one in the rocks!

    Can you do any circus tricks?
    I can make a slice of carrot cake disappear…

    Tell us a joke!
    What is a frog’s favourite game? Croak-quet!

    • The Mermaid Ruth Calkin
    • Annie the Acrobat Daisy Porter
    • The Ringmaster Samuel Dutton
    • Associate Director Oliver Hymans
    • Stage Manager Lucy Barter
    • Re-lighter Jake Lawrence
    • Adapted by Samantha Lane & Barb Jungr
    • Music and Lyrics by Barb Jungr
    • Original production directed by Samantha Lane
    • Design by Laura McEwen
    • Lighting Design by Sherry Coenen
    • Puppets by Lyndie Wright
    • Additional Puppets by Jan Zalud