- Matt Boothman
- 14 August 2010
This article is from 2010.
Folk tale’s inherent poignancy still manages to show through
Peter, a fisherman, falls for a selkie (a seal-woman) he finds in his nets. Peter is at sea a lot, not to mention underdeveloped as a character, so the focus falls on the strained relationship between ‘Sally’ the selkie and Peter’s mother Betty. Sally is an enigma, Betty a caricature, but the original folk tale’s inherent poignancy still manages to show through, aided by stirring live cello and vocal accompaniment.
The Zoo, 662 6892, until 30 Aug (not 24), 4.45pm, £8–£9 (£6–£7).