The Surfer and the Mermaid

01 Mar

Today we went and saw a performance of, “The Surfer and the Mermaid”.

It was very well done and had a great ocean conservation message.  Not too ‘value the animals more than the people’ which I tend to find many of the environmental messages.  But focused on being conscious of the effects of poor choices and doing our small part to fix things.

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The performance was based on the book by the same title.  I borrowed the book from the library to read to the boys prior to the visit but after pre-reading it I decided it wasn’t worth the time or the effort.  The photographs were great but the text was incredibly lacking.  It looked like the text was written to go with the photographs and if that was the case, it showed.

Thankfully the performance was much better than the book.  Very simply done with minimal props, only one performer and many of the photographs from the book.

The photography was amazing.  But Brayden was most disturbed that the performer, in the Q&A after the show, alluded that mermaids were real.  What he said, in response to a question, was that all the photography was real and there was no photoshopping.   🙂

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After the show we headed outdoors to check out their ocean conservation workshop.  From what we saw it had potential but the weather was totally against us so we abandoned ship…and in a hurry when the heavens suddenly opened up.

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We love going to the theatre.  I’d really like to go more.  And it’s so easy to get a small group together to go with you.  Just check your local arts centre or theatre group and make your bookings.  Don’t wait for someone else to do it or you might miss out.  I’d even advise going to things you think won’t appeal, as you’ll probably be surprised.  There’s only been one show we’ve attended that was a total flop, and it was a show we thought we’d love!

In the coming years I want to look into more grown up performances, especially Shakespeare.  I think seeing Shakespeare performed is the very best way to learn about it.   My only qualm is the price of adult theatre.  School tickets only ever cost us $10 to $15 but as soon as you graduate to the big kid stuff you are paying multiples more than that.  😦

But I have a will, and I will eventually find a way…even if it means just paying for it.


Posted by on March 1, 2013 in Field Trips


6 responses to “The Surfer and the Mermaid

  1. JoAnn

    March 2, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Sounds like a good show. We’ve been to the theatre a few times and we’ve always had a good time. 🙂

  2. Petra

    March 2, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Yes, it was a good performance – not too animal-focused! We enjoyed it – thanks for including us!!! 🙂

  3. Petra

    March 2, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    P.S. Forgot to say, I’ve heard of children’s Shakespeare, in Brisbane, so will see if I can come up with any concrete info.

    • Tracey

      March 7, 2013 at 8:59 pm

      Children’s Shakespeare! Wow. That would be wonderful. I remember the Arts Council coming to schools when I was a kid performance short scenes from Shakespeare. I loved that. That would be good too. Yes. I have some research to do.

  4. Jen in NSW

    March 3, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Does an annual family membership to a big city theatre make the ticket costs more reasonable? I too would like to expose my children to live drama but need to wait a little for the youngest to mature some. I have considered what big city venues will be getting my money for annual memberships when we return to Qld.

    Best wishes
    Jen in NSW

    • Tracey

      March 7, 2013 at 9:01 pm

      I haven’t really looked into it enough to know. But that’s another good idea to research.


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