The Harbour ***

The Zoo, 8 – 30 August 2010

Reviewed for The List (issue 664)

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.

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