FATTY FAT FAT (4 stars)

This article is from 2019

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

Funny, provocative solo show by Katie Greenall about the stigma around fat bodies.