How To Be Fat (3 stars)

This article is from 2015

How To Be Fat

A funny, moving monologue performed with finesse

Mathilda Gregory is, by her own admission, not 'curvy', 'voluptuous', or 'horizontally tall': just fat. And, she says, despite the well-intentioned objections to this label, 18 stones of weight on a 5'5” frame are hard to dismiss. In her latest show, How to be Fat, Gregory gives a warm, funny and intimate history of her relationship with her body and its relationship with the world.

She begins lightly, hilariously skewering common reactions to a fat body and mocking the unrealistic and futile demands of diet plans. Her seemingly effortless delivery belies a sharp sense of comic timing and masterful audience control. In the convivial atmosphere of the small cabaret bar, it often feels like a chat with a hilarious friend.

But a more vulnerable side to Gregory's character emerges. Opening up about her previous attempts to lose weight, she bares her latent anxieties about her body for all to see. And while she laughs at her own irrational view of thinness as the solution to all her problems, the projector's slides reveal an insecure truth that is difficult to share.

Funny, fresh, and endearingly honest, How to be Fat is a deeply personal, yet universally relatable solo show with an immaculate central performance.

ZOO Southside, 662 6892, until 31 Aug (not 17), 6.55pm, £8.50 (£7.50).

How to Be Fat

  • 3 stars

Mathilda Gregory A solo comedy show for anybody, ideally a fat one. Not how to get fat (no one knows how to do that), how to be fat. How to have a fat body. I have a fat body. And being fat is difficult. Maybe I should make a show about having a fat body. Maybe that would be helpful. For me. How to diet. How to love…