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About Fully Booked

Fully Booked Theatre is a children's dance theatre company specialising
in both indoor and outdoor interactive performances for young audiences.

Formed in 2017 by Canadian dance choreographer Jennifer Essex and English poet Harry Man, Fully Booked have toured to libraries, theatres and festivals. Fully Booked Theatre joyfully plops the worlds of dance and poetry into the mixer and whizzes the two together.

“It’s rare to see a children’s show that has all of these
combinations: storytelling, dance, participation,
music and lots and lots of fun!"

- Claire Bigley, Creative Producer
at Tmesis Theatre on Space Rebel Princess

The company delivers indoor and outdoor performances and workshops, collaborating with established partners both nationally and internationally from the worlds of literature, dance, music and technology.

“Thank you so much for Saturday – it was great fun and the children clearly loved getting involved.

You could see them grow in
confidence through the performance and it is so good for their self-esteem.”

Wendy Timothy Stock Services and Activities Officer, Tamworth Library

    Right Up Our Street Doncaster
    Tees Valley Dance
    SparepArts Festival

    Teesside University
    Dance City

    Tin Arts

    Priory Woods School & Arts College

    Middlesbrough Town Hall
    Stockton International Riverside Festival (SIRF)
    Mouth of the Tyne Festival
    Tamworth Library Service and Staffordshire County Council

    Middlesbrough Libraries and Middlesbrough Council
    Middlesbrough Libraries and Middlesbrough Council
    DN Weekend Right Up Our Street
    Arts Council England

Who We Are

Jennifer Essex

Choreographer, Chief Rocket Scientist
& Artistic Director

With over 15 years of professional experience, Jennifer has performed across Canada, Europe and Mexico. She’s performed in the feature films Anna Karenina and Les Miserables and toured with “Ben Hur Live” to arenas across Europe, including London’s O2. Her digitally interactive outdoor dance work REPLICAS was premiered at Stockton International Riverside Festival in 2016.

Jennifer’s works has been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, Arts Council England, Pavilion Dance, Dance City, Middlesbrough Council, Stockton International Riverside Festival, and Tees Valley Dance, among others. Jennifer is a Senior Lecturer in Dance and Performance at Teesside University where she is the leader of the Children and Young People’s module.
In this photo Jennifer is testing her rocket engines.

Harry Man

Writer, Totally Realistic Human Rocket Engine Noise Maker
& Technical Lead

Harry was a 2016 Clarissa Luard Wordsworth Trust Poet in Residence.
He was also a 2016 TOAST Poet.
His most recent pamphlet, Finders Keepers, a collaboration with
the artist Sophie Gainsley, was shortlisted
for the Ted Hughes Award in 2017.

Harry has also taught in schools throughout country in libraries, schools
and community centres throughout the country including Cumbria, Oxfordshire, Somerset and Teesside and elsewhere.
In this photo Harry is blasting into space.

Space Rebel Princess in the Great Outdoors!

The Snow Queen's Lost Book of Charms

A reimagining of Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairytale.

The Snow Queen's Lost Book of Charms

In the wilds of the far, far North, join an Arctic explorer as he searches for his lost friend Gerda who has become imprisoned in the ice. Discover lost letters, cast a magic spell, take part in a traditional
Finnish circle dance in this magical winter adventure which premiered at Wintertide in 2018.

The Daily Uppity Chuck

Everything you ever wanted to know about
our first show: Space Rebel Princess


A fearless young princess raised for royalty but not for rocketry, dreams of becoming Uppity Chuck's first astronaut.


Outsmarting the confines of her palace upbringing, and with the help of the audience, the princess must break free of the fear that holds her back, and boldly go where no princess has gone before!

Inspired by the likes of the first British astronaut, Helen Sharman, engineers and flight controllers throughout the world of space science, who have ignited curiosity and passion in successive generations of young people to pursue science and engineering, Space Rebel Princess seeks to empower young people and to inspire in them a life-long love of stories.


• For children 5-9 and families
• Collaborative with audience participation:
- Decipher alien messages!
- Assemble a giant rocket!
- Float with the princess
in zero gravity!
- Save the world!

Children get involved, helping the princess to achieve her mission as she constructs her first ever rocketship in a land where reading and writing has been outlawed…


This is a small-scale work focuses on innovative audience engagement and adventure. Space Rebel Princess combines clowning, physical theatre, dance, craft and poetry to create a piece of joyful, genre-bending performance.

Suitable for indoor and outdoor spaces

Runtime: Approximately 25 minutes

Space Rebel Princess in the Great Indoors!


    Space Rebel Princess is a brilliant little show for children with a childlike
    playfulness at its heart. A great experience for those that took part
    and fabulously entertaining for those that watched.
      Genuinely playful genius.”

      Adrian Turrell-Watts

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Space Rebel Princess Workshops

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