‘Happily Ever After’ is a show for children based on the book ‘King and King’ by Linda De Haan and Stern Nijland and is a beautiful, funny and delightful twist on the traditional fairytale in a pioneering primary schools project.
The queen is growing impatient. Her lazy son will never be king until he grows up, gets married and starts acting like one.
She invites hundreds of princesses from across the land, hoping to find the perfect bride for the prince, but he isn’t impressed by any of them. Then one day a princess arrives accompanied by her brother…
This joint project with Action Transport Theatre was piloted in primary schools in Cheshire West and Chester in October 2014. Aimed at key stage two, Happily Ever After enables a conversation about relationships, equal marriage and the negative impact of homophobia. The play itself is a beautiful visual wordless performance and we have designed a strong educational wrap around. A post-show interactive workshop is supported by lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people that have been trained as Peer Educators. Also included in the package are fully resourced fun classroom activities complete with lesson plans for teachers to deliver after the show and workshop to further embed learning.
We have gained further funding to support Happily Ever After, allowing us to take the project to Greater Manchester primary schools and national theatre venues in May and June 2017. Tour dates can be found here.