Enchantment awaits beneath the sea this Easter as My First Circus: The Littlest Mermaid rolls into The Garage. Director Daniel Burgess spoke to the littlest mermaid herself, local circus performer Alice Ross.
What can audiences expect from The Littlest Mermaid: My First Circus?
There will be lots of interaction with the kids. We’ve got a fun ball-pit so we’ll have some playtime in that, there will be some pantomime-style stuff and definitely lots of dancing.
Who do you play in the show?
I am the littlest mermaid, Marina. She’s lovely. She’s the princess of the sea and a great character to play, really friendly, really loving.
You’re from Norwich?
I grew up in Taverham. Growing up here was great, it’s a really good area for the arts. I went to so many different dance schools, acrobatic classes, lots of dancing and fun activities.
When did you get into the performing arts?
I first started when I was about three. I went to the Heather Millan School of Dance which was a great experience. We did lots of performances at Norwich’s Theatre Royal and travelled a bit with it too. I went to the URDANG Academy of performing arts and trained in musical theatre which was great. I got into circus when I was 17 while training in London and ended up going to Circus Space.
You’re now one of the core artists from Lost in Translation Circus, one of the co-producers of this production. What drew you to the circus and them?
Just my training. I did a 12-week circus training course and absolutely loved it. I started training with a friend and we started going to some classes at The Oak Circus Centre. The owner invited me to start working with Lost in Translation which has been a great experience.
Are dance and circus very separate skills or do they overlap?
They’re definitely linked. I’m an aerialist so having that dance ability to put into the circus side of things gives it an extra flair and makes it easier.
What’s your favourite thing to do in the city when you’re not working?
Norwich is gorgeous. I love a nice river walk through the city, seeing the old buildings.
My First Circus: The Littlest Mermaid is a co-production between The Garage, All-In Productions and Lost in Translation Circus and is perfect for children aged two to six and their families.
Come join us for lots of fun under the sea from Wednesday, 10 April to Thursday, 18 April.
Book your tickets for My First Circus: The Littlest Mermaid today.