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Fatty Fat Fat at Pleasance Courtyard The Attic, Edinburgh – ‘frustrating and stilted’

Katie Greenall in Fatty Fat Fat Katie Greenall in Fatty Fat Fat

Fatty Fat Fat is Katie Greenall’s debut full-length production. It recounts the creator and performer’s history as a woman whose body is a size the world feels the need to constantly comment on, and her evolving relationship with it.

In between narrated memories of, for example, being called ‘fat’ by strangers at a club or another school child, Greenall introduces segments as a game show host on ‘The Size is Right’, performs challenges such as concealing skittles in her chin folds, and dances to vintage pop songs.

Greenall, a former member of the Roundhouse Poetry Collective, has an evocative turn of phrase, for example when she describes her breasts as “bags of wasted motherhood”.

The show is, she admits, a sort of work-in-progress in the sense that it represents an attempt to ‘understand’ rather than ‘celebrate’ her body. Perhaps this explains why it’s such a deeply frustrating piece.

The show will almost certainly attract women of a larger body size but rather than inspire or create a sense of community, the goal seems to be converting an imagined enemy to fat acceptance. Very little is revelatory, insightful or inspiring. Autobiography is fine, but this needs more fleshing out.

Theatremaker Katie Greenall: ‘Your size shouldn’t limit which character you can play’


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Frustrating and stilted autobiographical work about body weight