DivergencyMcr: Chewing The Fat (plus free workshop!) by Selina Thompson

STUN and hÅb are pleased to be hosting (once again!) Leeds-based artist and performer Selina Thompson, and she's bringing with her a delicious (!) workshop and show combo...

Over the past couple of years she’s been developing a body of works, Edible Women, exploring the fat body, dieting, and control around food (and just how much of a mess she can get away with creating with an audience!). So far, she's made a theatre show, built a dress out of cake, spent quite a lot of time listening to people confess their food sins and shared many of her own…

The Workshop: That's what you get for being food...

Monday 3 November 2014, 5.30 - 9pm 
STUN Studio at Z Arts, 335 Stretford Road, Manchester M15 5ZA 
Price: Free 
Booking: Click here

In her own words, this is what it’s all about:

"I’m a firm believer that a performance with food in it makes the brain and the heart salivate just as much as the mouth. So for this workshop, I want to spend a little time exploring how our physical and sensory responses to food can be used to transform food into a visceral, powerful way of connecting with a peckish audience.

We’ll be working with stolen words, our autobiographies and of course — food! — to create some positively delicious moments of performance.

This workshop is for artists, but more than anything, it’s for people that love food/cooking/eating/making a mess. Come armed with a strong anecdote — a story you love telling — and a food that you would like to use to tell it. Be as abstract or literal as you like, and bring as little or as much of that food as you need. See you soon!"

There are discounted show tickets (£5) available to workshop participants, for details on how to book them and any other workshop enquiries please email afreena@habarts.org

The Show: Chewing the Fat

Friday 7 November 2014, 8pm 
The Lowry Studio, Pier 8, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ 
Tickets: £12/10 (£5 for workshop participants, see above) 
Booking: Click here or call 0843 208 6000

"FAT! That’s what I’m making a show about. My fat. Your fat, maybe. Fat. I’ve been fat for a long time now, and I thought I was fat, even when I wasn’t, and as such, I’ve been thinking about fat for even longer. So I made a show about it. Our bodies and egos are fragile, our ways of talking about them inadequate, so I can understand that you might not be up for talking about fat for an hour."

Glitter, chicken legs and a rice pudding piñata: Selina invites you to her own version of a midnight feast, a cross between the confessions made over coffee at Weight Watchers, and sloppy drunken story-telling over a 3am kebab. Sitting somewhere between story-telling, stand-up, live art and theatre, Chewing The Fat is a powerful portrayal of how we live with our bodies.

Click here for a 5* review of the show in the Yorkshire Post. 


Chewing the Fat is presented by The Lowry and Word of Warning. 
Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Originally developed with support from Theatre in the Mill (Bradford), ARC (Stockton) and West Yorkshire Playhouse (Leeds). 
Workshop also supported by hÅb and STUN as part of Divergency, supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.