This event is part of Sydney Festival.

The Mermaid

Hanna Cormick risks her health to tackle urgent topics such as disability and climate collapse.

After developing a cluster of rare genetic disorders, artist Hanna Cormick cannot breathe normal air or safely be among us.

The Mermaid recontextualises her real medical devices in the form of a mermaid – free in the ocean but vulnerable on land.

Cormick risks medical emergencies to expose usually invisible topics to an intimate audience.

A revelation on rare disease, a rebellion against its limitations, and a corporeal metaphor for the fragility of our ecosystem.

This performance contains allergens coconut oil and beeswax. Patrons with airborne sensitivities are advised to take caution. May contain medical events that are distressing to some viewers.

Booking fees apply to all SydFest ticket purchases.



The Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability, 2 Balls Head Dr, Waverton NSW 2060, Australia


Saturday 18 January 2020 from 5pm to 5.30pm
Saturday 18 January 2020 from 6pm to 6.30pm
Saturday 18 January 2020 from 7pm to 7.30pm


Adult: $15.00

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  • Mobility access
  • Sign language
  • Closed captions

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