So here are some ace young women making stuff happen – for themselves and for others. Katie and Molly got in touch to say they’d taken some photos inspired by the Real Princess project. They run Bloomin’ Buds, a theatre company with a focus on creating opportunities for young people from working class backgrounds. They and I share the same passion for increasing access and representation of working class people (as well as other under-represented people) in the arts. They rock!
“We are two women from West Yorkshire, from estates, and the first in our family to go to university and study theatre. We want to improve confidence, self esteem and mental health and well being of working class young people with the power of drama.
The biggest barrier we face is that we’re two young women and some people don’t realise what we are capable of. We will keep on fighting for working class rights.”
Princess: Kath Morgan-Thompson
Location: Bathroom in Iberica, Leeds
Kath: “I was never really bothered for the princess thing as a little girl and saw through the ridiculous idea of a prince coming to save me. That was probably due to the mystique of manhood being farted out of me by my four flatulent brothers!”
Princesses: Lorraine Brown, Anna Gray and Charlotte Jones
Location: Mind The Gap, Lister Mills, Bradford
Lorraine: “I am very good at most stuff. I like playing in a band and love dancing. I’m very talented at different arts things.”
Anna: “I love the costumes, definitely. First I love Cinderella, because I’ve played Cinderella here at Mind the Gap. But my ultimate favourite, is Elsa from Frozen. I love the costume, I love the make-up, the finale dress on the steps and the song”.
Charlotte: “I quite like dressing up as a princess, I also like the encouragement of being part of it (this project) – empowering women to be strong together, not necessarily as princesses, but as women. Love yourself and be yourself. Because we are women and we are in it all together, it doesn’t matter who you are. You don’t need to change yourself, it’s about loving yourself and accepting who you are in yourself”.
Princess: Maria Millionaire (Martin Carter)
Location: The Corn Exchange, Leeds
Martin: “As a drag queen I’m aware of always doing things ‘dressed as a girl’ which aren’t derogatory or insulting to women. I want to celebrate womanhood. I’m not sure the ideal archetype of a princess does that. It often presents women in the way of needing saving, needing a man or that the only worthwhile pursuit is singing to birds and collecting fruit.”