Dagenham performer draws on Little Mermaid dreams in latest show

PUBLISHED: 13:25 14 January 2014

Kelly Jones rehersaisng The Drowned Girl

Kelly Jones rehersaisng The Drowned Girl


A Dagenham performer who once dreamed about becoming a mermaid is drawing on her early years in her one-woman show.

Kelly Jones, 28, who used to live in Marlborough Road, will take The Drowned Girl to Hackney Wick next month.

A former Sydney Russell pupil, Kelly has been interested in theatre from a young age and is delighted to be performing in her own neck of the woods.

“I’ve always wanted to perform in my home town and this is the closest I’ve got so far,” she said. “It’s my first show in London so I’m really excited.

“I absolutely loved The Little Mermaid as a child and used to watch it all the time with my mum.

“It’s completely different to my other work because it’s drawing on my own experiences to create something quite personal.”

Despite its Disney connection, the production looks at the challenging issues of body image, loss of youth and the death of a loved one.

Based around a young woman trying to rediscover her childhood, audiences will enter a world of reality drowned by fantasy.

Now based in Cardiff, Kelly trained at Swansea University but is often back in Dagenham visiting family members.

Although experienced in shows with larger casts, she believes a good solo piece often provides a more engaging experience for audiences.

“I’ve always liked watching one-man shows,” she told the Post. “When they’re done properly they can be really personal.

“Sometimes plays can get lost behind the props and the many costumes.

“Also, as a writer and performer, it’s much easier to organise rehearsals when there’s only me involved. It’s far less stressful.”

The Drowned Girl runs from February 18 to 22 at Hackney Wick’s Yard Theatre, with tickets priced £10 as a part of a double-bill.

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