The Worst Princess riding a dragon Cloud Cloud


“Rachel Gay (as Princess Sue) is an absolute joy, capturing the young audience from the start.”

Peter Lathan, The British Theatre Guide

Durham Book Festival presents a New Writing North production in association with Sage Gateshead, supported by bait

The Worst Princess by Anna Kemp and Sara Ogilvie, adapted by Carina Rodney and directed by Ruth Johnson

A theatre production with music for children under 7 and their families touring 29 September – 31 October 2014

In a lonely tower, Princess Sue waits to be rescued; she just wishes her loyal prince would move his royal bum. But when he finally does arrive, he’s not quite what she had in mind.Find out how the feisty princess defies expectations in this funny twist on a traditional fairytale. With an equally disgruntled dragon by her side, Princess Sue’s quest for fun and freedom is a raucous, wild adventure.The Worst Princess is Carina Rodney’s adaptation of the acclaimed children’s book written by Anna Kemp, illustrated by Sara Ogilvie and published by Simon and Schuster Children’s Books. Following the success of My Granny is a Pirate, last year’s show for under-7s from the same team, this interactive production features puppetry, live music, and plenty of scope for children to sing along.

Commissioned by New Writing North in association with Sage Gateshead and bait. Supported by Arts Council England

Running time: 50 minutes. Suitable for children under 7 and their families

This project is supported by bait, which is part of the national Creative People and Places programme funded by Arts Council England and Northumberland County Council. bait is loads of exciting events and activities supporting more people to create and take part in the arts in South East Northumberland. For more information, visit

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