Thursday, April 30, 2009

FAT Hits Streets in May

The premier of FAT, AN EXTRA-LARGE FANTASY, a play about being gay and disabled, written and performed by Pete Edwards, will take place n Kennington, South London in May, as the opening show of the Oval House Theatre Summer Theatre Season 2009.

FAT is the multi-media journey of a gay disabled man in search of his heart’s desire. Combining innovative video projections and sound designs with bizarre and poignant anecdotes, FAT follows a queer wheelie in his surreal quest to find the fat man, eat some spaghetti and live happily ever after.

By placing the sexuality of a disabled man at the heart of the story, FAT challenges mainstream views of beauty and sexual practice, and dispels the myth that disabled people are not sexual beings. FAT examines perceptions of communication and the right to communicate, and employs numerous audio-visual techniques to convey the text of Edwards, a performer with a differing speech pattern.

FAT has been developed in Graeae’s Play Days Lab and through a Graeae/Writernet mentorship with SPILL Festival Director Robert Pacitti.

A free audience debate after the performance on Saturday 9th May 3.00pm: "How Live Artists use their bodies in their work”

FAT, An Extra-Large Fantasy
Oval House Theatre
52-54 Kennington Oval,
London SE11 5SW
8th & 9th May 7.45pm, Matinee 9th May 3.00pm

All performances are British Sign Language interpreted and Audio-described. Flat ground-floor wheelchair access. There is an induction loop facility. Parking available in theatre’s car park for disabled visitors

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