A bruised princess teeters through a commuter town car park on broken stilettos, the juice of a poisoned apple dripping through her fingers.
High up in a tower, golden curls tumble to the floor and a girl clambers out into the night on sweat-knotted sheets.
This is a show about the stories which make us. A punk feminist quest to explode the tales which trap us. It’s about sex and love and power and choosing. About knowing where and when you begin because you choose to begin there. It’s about the girls we were and the women we will become.
Join Bait on a glitterbomb rave through tall tales and urban myths old and new, battling into the bright lights of the long, dark ever after.
Our debut show Kill the Princess is a show about the stories which make us as women. We both identify as strong, emancipated, feminist women but were noticing behaviours in ourselves that did not follow this narrative… and that troubles us.
So we set out on a mission to discover why there was this weird schism happening and we found that we could trace a lot of confusing behaviour back to examples from stories we’ve been told throughout our lives, starting with the fairytales we heard as kids and the ‘archetypal’ characters found within them.
In the show we put ourselves in the audiences hands and use live performance to deconstruct these types and the stories in which they roam around, asking whether they are still useful to us. Do we need to put a bullet in the princess’ head to be able to take space and be heard as women- or do we need to find a way to carry her, and her enormous satin dress around with us…
It’s clowning, storytelling and illusion.
Praise for Kill The Princess:
“Amazing! Enthralling and captures the need for fairy stories.
Hooray for feminism and teenagers who survive!”
“Hilarious, relatable, energetic, captivating”
“Izzard, witty, surprising”
“Fairytales, Madonna, Leotards”