Earlier in the year, I went to the Vaults festival in Waterloo to see a show. It was Fatty Fat Fat by Katie Greenall. Even if I hadn’t followed her on Twitter, I would 100% have been drawn in by the name. I thought the show was great, and now it’s heading up to Edinburgh, so before Katie packs her bags and hits the road for a month, I caught up with her.
Bethany: Would you like to introduce yourself?
Katie: I’m Katie Greenall, I’m a facilitator and theatre maker and writer of plays and poems, currently living in London. And I have a show!
Bethany: And what is your show called?
Katie: My show is called Fatty Fat Fat, which is unsurprisingly about living in a fat body and how to navigate the world as a fat person.
Bethany: And you are taking it on tour!
Katie: We’ve been developing it for over a year now, and next stop for the show is Edinburgh Fringe Festival where we are at the Attic in the Pleasance Courtyard at 3:15 every day except for August 13th [tickets here: https://www.pleasance.co.uk/event/fatty-fat-fat].
Bethany: What can people who come to your show expect from it?
Katie: It’s a good, fun show. It’s supposed to be enjoyable but it’s built around anecdotes from my life from the ages of five to where I’m at now, about how the way other people have interacted with my body has changed my relationship with it. That intersects with some games and participatory elements which are aiming to discuss the wider fat activist movement and fat acceptance movement, reflecting on where I’m at in my current process of navigating that.
Bethany: So is the act of doing the show part of the journey?
Katie: Totally. This show has been a huge part of my process in coming to terms with my fatness. But the show isn’t anti-fat in anyway.
Bethany: I do think there have to be ways of fat people exploring all of the gnarly, knotty stuff about being fat without that being accused of letting the side down.
Katie: The show for me is about taking ownership back over my body, and saying that it’s mine and only I can decide whether I like it or dislike it, or what it can do or can’t do. The process of reclaiming my body for myself has been hugely valuable.
Bethany: Had you made work about fatness before?
Katie: No, actually, this is the first.
Bethany: So do you feel like this is your way of, I guess, ‘coming out’ as fat?
Katie: Yes, totally! I think when I was growing up, I think in the way a lot of fat people do, I would make a joke before someone else did, in order to keep control. But I never would call myself fat or talk about my body in that way. It was only after I graduated from drama school and was becoming quite hyper-aware of my body because of castings and jobs and working with young people who immediately make you very aware of yourself, I was suddenly very aware that this was something I wanted to talk about and make work about and it’s been so freeing.
Tickets for Katie’s show, Fatty Fat Fat, are available here – https://www.pleasance.co.uk/event/fatty-fat-fat#overviewPlusSize.co.uk is funded by navabi (https://www.navabi.co.uk). We do this to push for fairer representation of plus size women in the media. If you share this goal, please do share any article you agree with. (And, of course, do feel free to browse 10,000+ dresses, tops, suits, etc at navabi.co.uk if you'd like to support us further.)