Does Cinderella have to have blonde hair?

We are currently looking for schools to take part in the next series of this project, contact us if you know a school that would be interested in finding out how to create new narratives the Idiot way! 

Does Cinderella have to have blonde hair? is a six week project which takes place in primary schools.


In 2015, over six weeks Told by an Idiot facilitators worked with 120 students from four different camden schools. Each class chose a well-known story and worked to adapt and change it as they wanted to. The facilitators focused on creative exercises and games designed to unlock the pupil’s creativity and imagination, to encourage them to challenge preconceptions about these stories, and to think deeply about the creative choices and changes they wanted to make. 


The pupils in each group wrote down their new version of the story in the form of a script and rehearsed it, which was shown in an informal performance at the end of the six week process for other pupils at the school, friends and family.



Feedback from pupils:

“I learned that drama could be really fun and when you do drama it makes you feel free”

“I learnt to go with my ideas and other people’s ideas”

“I learned that you have to believe in yourself. You start believing and start to believe in the people around you”

Feedback from teachers:

“Several useful drama techniques were used that could be incorporated into literacy teaching. The project definitely helped the children to develop their ability to project their voices. Developed creative flair.” 

“The children did see that stories don’t have to end in the way that they normally do. I feel that in their story writing in class, they are able to think a bit more outside of the box, and they are able to use their imagination a bit more now.”

“Some children who are particularly shy and rarely participate in class discussion were at the forefront and expressed themselves brilliantly with speaking parts. All the children worked well outside of the workshop, they were given homework based around the content and we made it part of class discussion, using expression and taught skills in our literacy and reading lessons. The project was great at allowing the children to use their imaginations and become more creative in their thinking, not just on the story but how to communicate to others.”