Cinderella Lives!

Cinderella Lives!

Cinderella. Revolution. Who knew two ideas could be so compatible? A young woman breaks a mould she didn’t realise she was confined to and finds a new way to tell the world’s most famous fairy tale. Aisling Kiely presents a funny, thought-provoking, sexily-skewed retelling of Cinderella. Feminist burlesque, it’s a call to arms for a revolution that has yet to be. For anyone who knows a woman or dresses like one.


Co-director: Cian Marc

Co-director and Dramaturg: Louisa FitzGerald

Co-Producer: Sarski Anderson


Performance Duration:
55 Mins

£8 / £6 (concessions)

Three Weeks Edinburgh
“Written and performed by Aisling Kiely, ‘Cinderella Lives!’ is an enjoyable, funny, thought-provoking look at feminism. Her piece questions how far women have progressed, using elements of physical theatre and a well-executed series of characters in conversation with one another. Kiely is a talented writer and performer, able to be funny and entertaining about serious, challenging issues. The show is clever and creative in its approach, raising questions about women’s liberation and the forces that created this freedom. As Cinderella is given a modern makeover, it draws on the contrast between the fairy tales we are told as children and the expectations placed on modern women to “have it all”."”
Mumble Theatre
“Cinderella Lives describes itself as a “Feminist burlesque revolution” that “revisits the fairytale to measure how far women have progressed…” Not exactly my cup of tea I thought. However setting my bias barometer firmly to neutral I was in for a very pleasant surprise. From enticing start to exuberant finish writer and performer Aisling Kiely held the room entranced with this cleverly written and wonderfully executed show.

Whether as androgynous fairy godmother, Eve – our middle class, modern day Cinderella – or Eve’s slightly older, abrasive flatmate Alice, Aisling held the audience spellbound as we watched Eve fumble her way through the revelation that maybe her expectations dreams and wishes aren’t really hers at all. And if they’re not…? With just herself and a handful of props Aisling Kiely delivers a show that is visually striking, humerous and thought provoking. The hour speeds by leaving you re-enthused by The Fringe and delighted to have found one of the gems shining brightly in the multitude.