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Wizard Presents in association with Ovalhouse

Perfectly Imperfect Women by Danyah Miller

A biographical wonder-tale. Multi-award-winning storyteller Danyah Miller searches for a deeper understanding of and connection to her matriarchal lineage.

  • Wed 8 Mar – Fri 10 Mar, 7:45pm

Running time: 50 mins

Venue: Upstairs

Please note that, regrettably, the upstairs theatre is not currently accessible for wheelchair users.

Multi-award-winning storyteller Danyah Miller explores what drives us to want to live perfect lives as mothers, daughters, wives, sisters, bread-winners. 

What makes us want to be perfect? 

What is so bad about imperfection anyway?

This is a universal story which considers one woman’s search for a richer understanding of her concept of perfection and what it means to accept imperfection in order to connect more deeply to her female line. 

The show examines the often complex relationship between mothers and daughters and the challenge of discovering you may have more in common with your female ancestors than you care to admit. 

Here we take a look in the mirror of five generations of women in one family, beginning with Danyah's Great-Grandmother. 


Created in celebration of International Women’s Day 2017. Suitable for ages 14+

‘Danyah is in a league of her own’ Dr Alastair Niven OBE

‘Miller was born to tell stories.’ Please Mind the Blog

‘Danyah’s mesmerising’ Tal Fox, A Younger Theatre

'Danyah Miller is a storytelling phenomenon’ Michael Morpurgo


  • Wed 8 Mar, 7:45pm
  • Thu 9 Mar, 7:45pm
  • Fri 10 Mar, 7:45pm

Written and performed by Danyah Miller

Directed by Dani Parr

Designed by Kate Bunce​

Storytelling Coaching: SUE HOLLINGSWORTH 


DANYAH MILLER - Performer 

Danyah’s training is in drama, dance and English, she later studied improvisation, mime and physical theatre at Lecoq in Paris. Danyah is a Course Leader at The International School of Storytelling in East Sussex where she regularly leads workshops. 

Danyah starred in Wizard Presents production ‘I Believe in Unicorns’ by Michael Morpurgo, which premiered at Edinburgh Fringe in 2013 before touring nationally and internationally for 2.5 years. This one-woman show received an Argus Angel Award for Artistic Excellence at Brighton Festival 2014 and an Audience Choice Award for Get Creative Family Arts Festival 2015. Show Trailer: 

Danyah is currently touring in her second one-woman show ‘Why the Whales Came’ by Michael Morpurgo which opened at Watford Palace Theatre in September 2016. 

Danyah works nationally and internationally as a performer and storytelling trainer. 

For 2 years Danyah was a regular storyteller on BBC Three Counties Radio. She recorded a 5-part version of The Snow Queen for BBC Radio Solent, which first aired over Christmas 2014. 

Danyah’s Top Ten Tips for Storytelling with Children


Dani Parr is Director of Participation at Almeida Theatre. She was previously Associate Director at Royal & Derngate Theatres, Northampton, where she directed over 30 plays. 

Dani directed I Believe in Unicorns for Wizard Presents and since then it has toured all over the country, and won an Argus Angel award at Brighton Festival in 2014 and Family Arts Festival Audience Choice Award in 2015. She also directed ‘Why the Whales Came’ which is currently on a national tour. Dani recently directed Bear and Butterfly for Theatre Hullaballoo and Theatre by the Lake; she co-directed Moominsummer Madness, a co-production between Polka Theatre, Royal & Derngate and Little Angel Theatre and she won two awards for Flathampton at Brighton Festival in 2013: the Argus Angel award for artistic innovation; and the Latest award for Best Children’s Event. 

She programmed the Take Off Festival 2013, an international festival of theatre work for children and young people, based in Durham; and she directed Dream Space for Shakespeare’s Globe, a family version of Midsummer Night’s Dream.



Kate’s recent designs include Happy Harry’s Café by Michael Rosen for Birdsnest at Polka Theatre. Wild by Evan Placey and Snowchild by Emma Reeves for Tutti Frutti Productions. 

Kate has designed several large interactive installation plays for young audiences directed by Dani Parr for Royal and Derngate, Other favourites include Michael Morpurgo’s Why the Whales Came and I Believe in Unicorns (Wizard Presents), The Glee club, Wizard of Oz (The New Vic) Transmissions, Nativity, Caribbean Kitchen (Birmingham Rep) Pinocchio, The Borrowers, The little Mermaid (MAC) Precious Bane, Silent Engine, White Open Spaces, Smashed Eggs (Pentabus Theatre). 

Kate has also worked as a Design lecturer for The Royal College of Art and Central School of Speech and Drama.

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