13 Oct 2023 By May Ng

Trevor Ashley’s new adults-only panto goes ‘under the sea’

Sydney, prepare to be delightfully offended! The camp Christmas tradition of Trevor Ashley’s adults-only pantomime returns to the Seymour Centre from 7 December, with a brand new show – The White Mermaid or The Little Lotus.

Not remotely referencing a beloved musical film or a cult TV show, the vivacious Tania McMermaid (Trevor Ashley) is checking-in to the underwater hotel The Little Lotus. It doesn’t take long for Tania’s bedazzled fins to catch the attention of the handsome Character Formerly Known As Prince (Jakob Ambrose), but beware – lurking in the shadows is the malevolent sea witch, Gaviscon (the legendary Carlotta AM).

For 18 performances only, the full cast of Moulin Scrooge are reunited under the sea in a musical dose of ridiculous – starring Trevor Ashley, Jakob Ambrose, Stephen Madsen, Jarrod Moore and Carlotta AM.

Tickets are now on sale at seymourcentre.com from $79+bf. 

Matt Fraser matt@originalspin.com.au M: 0401 326 007


Moulin Scrooge! 2022

“He [Trevor Ashley] has created a saucy stocking-filler of a show that bulges with eye candy and double entendres.” Sydney Morning Herald

“If you’re in need of a good belly laugh from the queen of drag cabaret (rolled in glitter, with a heavy hand of rude jokes thrown in) to see out the year, Moulin Scrooge! is the night out for you.” Time Out

The Lyin’ Queen 2019, 2021

“horribly, hilariously wrong.” The Audrey Journal

“What a gay ol’ romp in the jungle we had.” Eastside Radio

The Bodybag 2017

“a show with more ham than a Christmas platter…. Ashley is a deliciously arch panto dame. He’s loud, he’s coarse, he’s trashy.” Sydney Morning Herald

Little Orphan TrAshley 2013

“It’s always a pleasure waiting with baited breath and cringing in anticipation at what Trevor Ashley will come up with next…” ArtsHub

Fat Swan 2011, 2012

Fat Swan is highly entertaining, and marvellous Spiegeltent fare.” The Age

Fat Swan is a riotous load of nonsense, as befits (im)proper pantomime.” Stage Noise


The White Mermaid or The Little Lotus
Seymour Centre 7 – 23 December, 2023
Tickets from $79+bf
Running time: 120mins with interval
Book: seymourcentre.com
Suitable for ages 15+.

From the team that brought you the 2022 hit panto Moulin Scrooge! comes a fabulous aquatic fantasy for adults only!

Prepare to be transported to the magical world beneath the waves, where the vivacious Tania McMermaid (Trevor Ashley) takes center stage. In this heart-warming story, Tania finds solace after a recent loss as she checks into the opulent and mysterious hotel, The Little Lotus. Little does she know, this will be the setting for a life-changing adventure, where destiny and love intertwine. Weaving her way through this underwater paradise, Tania’s path collides with that of a handsome Italian Prince, setting the stage for a captivating romance that will leave audiences (and the actors) breathless.

But beware! Lurking in the shadows is the malevolent sea witch, Gaviscon (the legendary Carlotta), determined to thwart Tania’s hopes and dreams. Will Tania overcome the challenges thrown her way? Will she find true love with the character formerly known as Prince? Will the evil sea witch shatter her hopes forever? Or will a live action remake kill the whole thing!?

Join us underwater for a brimming tale of laughter, love, and a pinch of saltwater magic in “The White Mermaid or The Little Lotus!” Just don’t get crabs!!

Written by Trevor Ashley and Phil Scott and starring Trevor Ashley, Jakob Ambrose, Stephen Madsen, Jarrod Moore and Carlotta AM.