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Are you into theatre, comedy, musicals or any other performing arts? Want to show off your talents either on the stage or behind the scenes, or just see some great shows and meet some likeminded people? Welcome to Mermaids! Mermaids is a performing arts fund. This means that we do not put on shows ourselves. Instead, any student can propose a show that they want to put up. We provide the funding, advice, expertise and enthusiasm to help you put on the show that you want.
We fund around 30 shows a year, from Shakespeare to contemporary drama, including pieces written by students. The best news is that anyone can get involved because, as a subcommittee of the union, you’re automatically a member. Whether you want to act, direct, produce, design sets, stage-manage, tech or write, Mermaids gives you the opportunity to learn and develop these skills.
Our affiliated societies cater for a wide variety of interests: Gilbert and Sullivan, A Cappella, Lifespring (Christian Performing Arts), Just So (Musical Theatre), Blind Mirth (Improvised Comedy) and Inklight (Creative Writing), so there’s something for everyone.
The Mermaids committee has a public meeting every week. We are happy to help you get involved and give friendly advice about any aspect of performing arts in St Andrews. We know that this can be new and quite daunting. This is why, every November, Mermaids runs the ‘Freshers’ plays. This is an opportunity for those new to theatre in St Andrews to put up a show in a closely supported environment and they are a fantastic way for you to get into drama in St Andrews.
We run weekly workshops to help you develop skills; these vary from the basics such as audition technique or teching a show, to workshops with professionals covering puppetry or how to get into drama school. We also send a number of very successful shows to the Edinburgh Fringe- a fantastic opportunity to represent St Andrews at this amazing international festival.
Mermaids has a very active social scene with regular events for everyone to meet in a relaxed environment. Our biggest event is the annual Christmas Ball, one of the most popular social events in St Andrews. This years’ sell-out ball is on 30th November - listen out for more details soon.
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