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Fat Blokes

“Visibility, vulnerability and sensuality”

With the help of four participants (some of whom have never performed professionally before), Scottee is staging a fat rebellion. It’s a forum and ‘sort of’ dance show, celebratory and sad. It’s a fervent protest against the shame and scapegoating heaped on fat bodies.

As an audience we’re urged to be kind. But Scottee is anything but simpering and sweet. His arch irascibility is part of his charm. Dance fans have come to the wrong show, he says. Arts lovers can fuck off. Especially if our applause is patronising, our support just a one-night-only liberal platitude. This is a show “for fatties”, an invocation to take up more room, to enter the “confusing headspace of fat” unknown to thin middle-class “kombucha cunts” who fret about the strain of obesity on the NHS.

A stack of fridges and boxes make up a backdrop, out of which the performers unfurl microphones and take centre stage to share their stories. They are deeply personal and inevitably political, shaded by attendant issues of class, race, religion and sexuality.

Sam (who has a sonorous voice) relates a story of being glassed by ‘a fellow homo’ while strolling through Soho singing Anything Goes. Asad tells of self-loathing, paternal estrangement and dating apps with a wonderfully dynamic sense of sass and sincerity. Ebullient Gez – the most uncomplicatedly proud of his body – delivers a strutting dance solo.

Finally, all five unsheathe their stomachs, their bodies bouncing together to the beat. Here is visibility, vulnerability and sensuality writ large.


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Production Details
Production nameFat Blokes
VenuePurcell Room
StartsNovember 8, 2018
EndsNovember 11, 2018
Running time1hr 30mins
CreatorScottee .
DirectorScottee .
ChoreographerLea Anderson
Set designerJen Mcginley
Costume designerAdam Young
Lighting designerMarty Lanthorne
CastAsad Ullah, Gez Mez, Joe Spencer, Sam Buttery, Scottee .
Stage managerAl Orange
VerdictPoignant, unsentimental exploration of fat queer masculinity excellently interweaves dance and personal memories
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Anna Winter

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