National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth stages unique play Fish Hearted Bride in tanks
MOVE over Moby-Dick, the National Marine Aquarium is staging a play – in a fish tank.
The Fish Hearted Bride features a dancer sharing the Eddystone Reef chamber with sharks and other sea creatures including conger eels.
Other performers use the giant tank as a backdrop for the watery take on Rapunzel.
This is a play with depth – bosses at the Plymouth attraction hope the fact-packed fairytale will get audiences interested in science.
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"The Fish Hearted Bride is set to give audiences a really unique experience, with the amazing production featuring some really exciting elements," said Paul Cox, director of conservation and communication.
The family-oriented show explores a moonlit market in Beware, "a frozen, sea-lashed town, where curious contraptions and unforgiving villagers shape wild wishes and punish rule breakers" according to a summary of the plot.
A group of young people from Plymouth spent six months devising the work, which runs from tomorrow until Sunday.
They were helped by Cornwall production company Effervescent.
The Fish Hearted Bride features aerial performance, underwater action and live music, and sets the audience on an emotional wave taking in heartache and comedy.
Eloise Malone, founder and director of Effervescent, said: "We're so excited about working with a group of young people who really are experts on love and loss. Their incredible ideas and fresh take on fairytales have led to a genuinely unique collaboration and a show which is heart-wrenching and hilarious in equal measure."
Mr Cox added: "It's great to see that the young people involved have worked so hard to help bring the project together, and we are really looking forward to opening night."