After the performance on Thurs 21 Mar we invite you to stay for a post-show discussion ‘Death and Diabetes: A Big Queer Fat Chat’. Join Scottee and the Pride in Practice programme from LGBT Foundation who will invite a queer, fat panel to share their experiences of accessing health services and highlight the things that our health providers need to know about the intersection between fatness and queerness.
Pride in Practice is LGBT Foundation’s programme to ensure that communities in Greater Manchester have access to GP practices, dental practices, pharmacies and optometry outlets that are LGBT inclusive. The service is funded by Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership and NHS England.
Following May’s sell-out run, Fat Blokes returns to HOME this March. Fat Blokes is a sort of dance show about flab, double chins and the men they are attached to – made by artist and forward facing fatso, Scottee.
Fat Blokes uncovers why fat men are never sexy but are always funny, always the ‘before’ but never the ‘after’ shot.
Made in collaboration with Lea Anderson and four fat blokes who’ve never done this sort of thing before.
This is fat rebellion.
★★★★★ “It’s nothing you expect it to be, but everything that it should be… For some of [the performers], this is a celebration of their body, of self-love; others are still trying to get there. And for all, it’s a big fat revolution… A breath of fresh air.” – Upstaged Manchester
“Fat Blokes is a bit like over-indulging – an intoxicating experience that is hard to resist even when you know it might not be good for you.” – British Theatre Guide
I’d guessed [Fat Blokes] would be brash and fun and loud, and it was, but it was also a hell of a lot more… A splendiferous physical political protest, reclaiming the word fat… Fat is no longer an insult because the fat blokes have shown us; fat is beautiful.” – Reviewer Number 9
★★★★ “Fat Blokes is not a show about fat blokes. Not really. It’s about people of all shapes and sizes treating other people with respect. For that we should be singing it’s praises far and wide… Thought-provoking, raw, personal.” – Caught in the Act
“A joyous production that wears its heart on its sleeve… We may have our flaws, but we are all beautiful people who should be proud of ourselves.” – The Reviews Hub
“A piece full of impassioned politics, reality and camaraderie, Fat Blokes manages to cover all bases of entertainment. It’s full of humility, hilarity and honesty.” – Emma Hopley Reviews
“Fat Blokes is an angry, joyful protest that leaves you with a fire in your belly. It makes you want to laugh, cry, dance, and scream – all at the same time.” – Performance in Motion
“Undeniably hard-hitting, incredibly conceived, and fantastically performed… A first reaction to witnessing this performance might be to think that it is brave for these five men to tell their stories to a room full of strangers. Scottee would say otherwise. ‘This is not brave,’ he informed us, ‘this is just our existence’.” – Mancunion
★★★★ “Angry, lovable and tender… A wild cabaret.” – The Guardian
“The sense of solidarity in the company throughout is palpable… Fierce with rage… Exploding with pride.” – Exeunt
★★★★ “A poignant, unsentimental exploration of fat queer masculinity… Excellently interweaves dance and personal memories.” – The Stage
★★★★★ “Challenging, enjoyable, thought-provoking and the choreography is witty, thoughtful and, I’ll admit it, sexy AF!” – BritishTheatre.Com
★★★★★ “A staggeringly clever blend of body politics, sexy dance moves and illuminating autobiography… Let the revolution begin!” – Attitude
★★★★½ “Scottee reveals that this isn’t the dance show you probably came to see; if anything, it turns out to be more enjoyable than expected… More than dance, more than theatre.” – The Reviews Hub
★★★★ “A tender, loving and political cabaret that will stay with you long after the show ends… Through Scottee’s activism and writing, hopefully theatre will stop presenting fat blokes as a punchline and showcase talent at every size.” – The Wee Review
★★★★★ “Coarse and tender, defiant and vulnerable… It’s funny, but it’s not a comedy. It’s sad, but it’s not a tragedy… An intricate piece rooted in sincerity.” – Young Perspectives
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