The Tap Dancing Mermaid

Gather round, gather round for the Moon’s magical, mystical story about a tippetty-top tap dancer who he has been watching at night. Marina Skippett creeps out of her house every night to shuffle and stomp on the boardwalk to the sounds of the sea. She can’t tap dance at home anymore since her evil, tractor-sized Aunty banned it, threatening to feed Marina’s dinners to the dog! But then, one moonlit night, Marina meets a mysterious, watery boy called Leo swimming in the sea and her life is never the same again!

The “truly amazing one woman power house” Tessa Bide brings you her celebrated devised solo production, called “just everything a children’s theatre experience should be” (Childplays). There are stunning puppets, original live music to sing along to and tap dancing that will make you want to stick 50ps to your shoes and join in! For everyone aged 3 to 133.

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Teaser Video


The Tap Dancing Mermaid has been bought by Pigtails Productions who are touring it around the UK until Summer 2019. For a full list of performances, see their website. 

We are still performing special performed book readings (low tech and intimate but still with puppetry and live music) so if you’d like to book in one of those for your event, please get in touch.

Creative Team

Devised and Written by Tessa Bide
Performer: Tessa Bide (Pigtails Productions version 2017: Stephanie De Whalley)
Moon Narration: Adam Fuller
Designer and set builder: Marta Gemma
Puppet Designers and makers: Sarah Dicks & Marta Gemma
Composer: Matt Huxley
Sound Design: Gwen Scott
Artwork: Lydia Davies & Emily Faulkner


Information for Bookers

For booking enquiries of the full show, please contact ProTours.

If you’re interested in the book-reading version, please email

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