Summer Residency 2021: Mermaids

This ArtsLab summer residency was run from 12 – 24 July 2021 by theatre-makers Harry Blake and Jennifer Fletcher.

The project brought together an ensemble of performers, designers and technicians to collaborate on the early development of a brand new piece of musical theatre.

About the Project

Mermaids is a new musical about a drama group in a remote Cornish fishing village. The company spent two weeks developing character and exploring the world of the show – this work will inform and inspire its future development. A work-in-progress was performed at The North Wall on Friday 23 & Saturday 24 July 2021.


About Harry and Jen

Harry and Jen are theatre-makers with specialisms in music and movement. They work together to make innovative and contemporary musical theatre that blurs the boundaries between genres and has something to say about the world we live in.

They have collaborated as creatives on a wide range of productions including The Sandman (Southwark Playhouse), THOR & LOKI (HighTide) and The Beggar’s Opera (Storyhouse). Other credits include Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (West End and national tour), As Long as the Heart Beats (National Theatre Wales) and Wild East (Young Vic).

With thanks to

Our principal sponsor St Edward’s School and the Garfield Weston Foundation.


Skye Adams
Jadesayo Ajibola
Poppy Almond
Heather Collier
Alissa di Cosmo
Tobias Graham
Lily Hiu Wai Chan
Genie Issacs
Isaiah James-Mitchell
Erin McCullagh
Miya Noami
Ren Raymond Price
Daisy Megan Stone
Ella Tagg
Christina Vasileiadi
Rosalind Watt
Elodie Wilson

Creative Team

Co-Creator Harry Blake
Co-Creator Jennifer Fletcher
Assistant Choreographer Becky Stockley
Co-Designer Aimee Berends
Co-Designer Rachael Light
Company Stage Manager Erin Davis
Lighting Designer / Production Manager Harvey Dovell
DSM Philippa Clack

ArtsLab Company Manager Alex Lonsdale
Technical Manager Clive Stevenson
Technician James Bailey
Stage Manager Rebecca Welburn

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