What happens when the glass slipper doesn’t fit? 

Is it time to put a bullet in the princess’ head?

Developed over two years through an exploration of fairy tale behaviours, storytelling, archetypal clowning and personal biography, Kill the Princess is a savagely playful subversion of beliefs & expectations which peels off centuries of civilising layers to reveal the wild tales that make us. Directed by Lucy Hopkins and Caroline Horton

A billowing, foul-mouthed ball gown.

A late night rave in the belly of a wolf.

A bullet. A noose. 

A pair of crones in a parachute.

In this playground of up-ended fantasies in which we are all complicit, two women try to make sense of their stories. As identities blur and narratives collapse, there’s only one choice left: do we kill the princess or let her live?

“Ludicrously enjoyable, with brilliant pace and timing” ★★★★ Broadway Baby

“Bait are one to watch” – Brighton and Hove News

Kill the Princess confronts the circus of patriarchy… it tears up the rule book for male and female personae” – The Norwich Radical

Kill The Princess previewed at Nottingham Playhouse as part of The Party Somewhere Else festival in May 2019 and at the Camden People’s Theatre as part of Calm Down Dear festival in June 2019. The show has been produced with support from Arts Council England, Trestle Arts Base, Cambridge Junction and Bathway Theatre Network. We have worked with Lucy Hopkins, Hannah Jane Walker, Silvia Mercuriali, Margarita Franchesci, Eleanor Westbrook, Liv Carr-Archer and Saskia Solomons on the development of this show. 

Audience praise for Kill The Princess:

‘Amazing! Enthralling and captures the need for fairy stories.
Hooray for feminism and teenagers who survive!’
‘So powerful. I could really have done with this as a teenager. Will mean so much to people of every stretch of the imagination’
‘Hilarious, energetic, captivating’
“Bonkers and touching’

Bait performed Kill The Princess at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019 for Heroes of the Fringe from August 1-25 (excluding 7, 17 and 21). Bait will be premiering a new version of the show at the Bosco Spiegeltent at Brighton Fringe Festival on May 1 and 2. 

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For tour bookings and programming queries please contact our producer Roxanne Carney