FATTY FAT FAT (4 stars)

Fatty Fat Fat

credit: Helen James

Moving one-woman account of life in a body you're told to hate

A frank and at times gut-wrenching one-woman show, FATTY FAT FAT depicts Katie Greenall's fraught relationship with her body from childhood up until the present day. As the audience files into the venue, Greenall is doing the Cha Cha Slide, repeating the moves to the hit '00s party song over and over again. Behind her are three giant silver balloons, spelling out the word 'FAT', with gold tinsel hanging down below giving the illusion of a party.

The mood is upbeat and celebratory to start, but as Greenall weaves in and out of her deeply tender monologues about her experiences with her weight and appearance over the years, there is a profound sadness that feels overwhelming at certain moments. Interspersed with the segments involving audience interaction and hilarious anecdotes, her poetic and lyrical soliloquies highlight a clear sense of an internal conflict that may never truly be resolved.

FATTY FAT FAT does well to break down taboos surrounding body image but it's also funny, contemplative and moving. A powerhouse of a performer, Greenall forces the audience to confront society's issues with judgement and shame, while at the same time making no apology for her own daily battles.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 26 Aug (not 13), 3.15pm, £9–£10 (£8–£9).

Fatty Fat Fat

  • 4 stars

Katie Greenall and Daisy Hale Ever feel like your body takes up too much space in a world that doesn't want to make any room? Katie is fat. Pretty much always been fat, and will be fat forever. Join her in the Cha Cha Slide, munch on some crisps, and have a listen to what it's like to live in a body that people can't…

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Tue 20 Aug

The Attic

£8 (£7) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 21 Aug

The Attic

£9 (£8) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 22 Aug

The Attic

£9 (£8) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 4 more dates until 26 Aug

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