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#Fthefairytales: Poetry by Caitlin Magnall-Kearns

Second in a series of three incredible works by Young Artists commissioned by Stratford Circus as part of #Fthefairytales with No Ordinary Experience (NOE), in the lead up to International Women's Day on Monday 8 March we will be showcasing the works over this weekend.

Caitlin Magnall-Kearns, is 23 year old, writer, director and performer. Caitlin has written powerful poem in response to the creative process for #Fthefairytales to mark International Women's Day 2021.


The work explores the concept of “fatness” in fairytales, and how growing up the character who she most related to was Ursula in The Little Mermaid, one of the most misunderstood villains in Disney history. Caitlin is a huge advocate for more representation of fat people on our stages and screens. She recalls as a child, watching the Little Mermaid and saw Ursula, who was sexy, confident and plus size, she was incredible. Cut to 2021, and we still haven’t a plus-sized princess, and fatness in films is still used as shorthand for people who are stupid, unattractive or evil. We need a fat princess! A whole generation of children who can grow up and see that they can be loved and desired and beautiful, just as they are.

Stratford Circus is proud to be taking part and commissioning Young Artist for #Fthefairytales, with No Ordinary Experience (NOE) for International Women’s Day 2021.

Having these conversations and shining a light on the difficult truths, confront prejudice, embrace new ideas, and share stories. We know fairytales have not always been kind to women. We know Hollywood often gets it wrong. Together we can be apart of positive social change.

#Fthefairytales is a national project run by Ordinary Experience (NOE) where groups, individuals and artists have respond to the same creative process, in their own unique ways. The project started with exploring your own stories of oppression and then moves into digital flash-making to connect your story to a fairytale, mythical or popular culture character that you connect with. The artist have all created works and statement about a cause or campaign they care about and throw the idea of oppressed and oppressors on its head.

Poetry by Caitlin Magnall-Kearns @caitmkearns For #InternationalWomensday2021 #FTheFairytales

commissioned by Stratford Circus March 2021

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