In September 2017 the first (but not last) exhibition of The Real Princess of Yorkshire took place in the gorgeous surrounds of Arts at Trinity, in Leeds. Over the 11 day exhibition we had 694 people through the door! The launch party was bonkers in the best way, with around 150 punters and 12 princesses sashaying and lip-syncing. The response was overwhelmingly positive, with the word ’empowering’ cropping up a lot, which felt very rewarding. Here’s some feedback!
“The Real Princess project is BRILLIANT! The photos – this exhibition – wow. And the show tonight. I haven’t laughed so much in a long time. Go princesses! Go!”
“Marvellous and inspiring. Calmness and humour in the middle of Leeds.”
“Fab celebration of wonderful women! Loved the captions as well as the beautiful photos!”
“This feels so empowering, seeing real women so well represented.”
From 19th February to 30th March 2018, some of the photos will be making another appearance in Leeds, this time in the Assembly Bar at Heart in Headingley. This ties in nicely with International Women’s Day on 8th March, so watch this space.
I want to take this opportunity to thank all 32 Princesses once again for taking part in this project, as well as all the venues and other supporters who helped make it happen. Hope you all have a fantastic 2018!
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”.