#FatFringe Guide

23 Jul 2019

 

 

Edinburgh based plus size style and fat positive blogger AmandaApparel shares her #FatFringe guide to the 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. 

 

Well hello, friends! It’s uh, been a while huh? Eight months of radio silence then BAM! Here I am with a beautifully curated list of fat fringe shows! I have a very complicated relationship with the fringe. I first visited Edinburgh about a decade ago for the fringe, and back then I thought it was the absolute most interesting and exciting event on the planet. After moving to Edinburgh in 2012, I started to slowly distance myself from the fringe, because have you seen the traffic in town? I’m just trying to live my life, and all of a sudden what used to be a 15 minute bus journey is now over an hour! 

 

This summer may very well be my last in Edinburgh (shoutout to visas, immigration, and the queen herself) I really want to make the most of it.

I’ve seen a lot of beautifully curated fringe guides such as The Feminist Fringe and #TransFringe, but I couldn’t find anything that looked at the fringe through a fat lens. Thanks to some help from Twitter, I put together this list of 12 #FatFringe shows for the 2019 fringe season. 

 

 

1. Alison Spittle: Mother of God

 

Type of performance: Stand-up

 

Venue 14: Gilded Balloon Teviot

 

Price: £9-11

 

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I had the absolute pleasure of seeing Alison Spittle at last year’s Fringe, and she’s definitely on my must-see list this year as well. This year’s show Mother of God focuses on Alison’s fight for the role of Mary of Nazareth in her school nativity, and I can’t wait to see it! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Beach Body Ready

 

Type of performance: comedy, true-life

 

Venue 33: Pleasance Courtyard

 

Price: £7-10

 

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Whether fat or not, most of us can relate to the pressure to have a “perfect” body when swimsuit season rolls around. In this show, “The Roaring Girls for a defiantly feel-good show which sticks two fingers up at how the media says you should look.” Love the promo image. Love the message. Love it, love it, love it! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Crystal Rasmussen presents The Bible 2 (Plus a Cure for Shame, Violence, Betrayal and Athlete’s Foot) Live! 

 

Type of performance: cabaret, LGBT+

 

Venue 61: Underbelly, Cowgate 

 

Price: £ £9-11.50

 

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The Bible 2’s got it all: song, dance, and a children's swimming pool. This queer cabaret is from the genius behind Nobel-nominated book: Diary of a Drag Queen. This show is 16+ so no kiddies allowed! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Daisy Earl: Fairy Elephant

 

Type of performance: stand-up, solo show

 

Venue 24: Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose

 

Price: £7.50-9.50

 

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Full disclosure: I’m not sure if this show is positive/neutral/or negative re: fatness. However, I want to show up and support plus size performers, and that includes our sister in fatness Daisy Earl. 

 

In this show, Daisy explores what it’s like to wake up aged 30 and not feel 30, flirty, and thriving. 

 

 

 

5. Desiree Burch: Desiree’s Coming Early!

 

Type of performance: stand-up, storytelling

 

Venue 313: Heroes @ The Hive

 

Price: £7-10 

 

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First of all: obsessed with the promo photo shoot. That dress? That background? Perfection. Second, hilarious name. As you may have guessed, this is a relationship show. “Every comic has a relationship show but what happens when that relationship's with the one person you were most trying to avoid?” Super, super keen for Desiree’s show! 

 

 

 

6. FATTY FAT FAT

 

Type of performance: solo show, new writing

 

Venue 33: Pleasance Courtyard

 

Price: £7-10 Saturday-Thursday, £28-34 Fridays

 

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“Katie is fat. Pretty much always been fat, and will be fat forever.” Katie Greenall is the kind of person you want to be BFFs with, and has quickly become one of my favourite folks on Twitter, and I can’t WAIT to see her perform. This show is also running a Kickstarter right now, so if you’re keen definitely consider giving to that as well! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. MUSE: An Experiment in Storytelling and Life Drawing

 

Type of performance: storytelling: visual art

 

Venue 387: The Safari Lounge

 

Price: £10

 

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This is a super interesting sounding performance, and it sounds like a welcome breath of fresh air from the all comedy all the time aspect of the Fringe. “In a world where we learn to hate the bodies of others and fear our own, MUSE offers a chance to find them instead.”

 

 

 

8. Scottee: Class

 

Type of performance: contemporary, solo show

 

Venue 139: Assembly Roxy

 

Price: £11-14

 

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The first of Scottee’s shows is Class: a solo theatre production about you guessed it…class. “Class is a show about what it is to be embarrassed, pretending to be posher than you are and explores why we all get a thrill playing god with green tokens from Waitrose.” I’ve been following Scottee on Twitter for yeeeears, but this will be my first time seeing him IRL and I’m mega excited! 

 

 

9. Scottee: Fat Blokes

 

Type of performance: theatre, contemporary 

 

Venue 17: Assembly George Square Studios

 

Price: £13-16

 

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The second of Scottee’s shows is a “sort of dance show about flab, double chins and getting your kit off in public.” The show features Scottee, Lea Anderson, and “four fat blokes who've never done this sort of thing before.” This one’s probably in my top 3 must-see shows as well. So, so hype! 

 

 

10. Secret Dinosaur Cult Live

 

Type of performance: comedy, talk

 

Venue 49: Bedlam Theatre 

 

Price: £8-10

 

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If you’ve never listened to Secret Dinosaur Cult…hoo boy are you missing out! SDC has it all: dinosaurs, daddy issues, and improvised jingles. You know, basic cult stuff. I was actually at the VERY first SDC recording last year, and my face heart from laughing so much. Trust me lads, you do not wanna miss this live podcast recording. 

 

 

 

11. Since U Been Gone

 

Type of performance: theatre, new writing, LGBT+

 

Venue 139: Assembly Roxy

 

Price: £9-12

 

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Another fresh Twitter fave of mine is Teddy Lamb. Since U Been Gone is “moving autobiographical account of growing up queer in the mid-noughties, finding yourself and losing a friend.” Storytelling? Check! Pop music accompaniment? Check! Reality TV references? Check! Can’t wait to see Teddy perform IRL! 

 

 

 

12. Sofie Hagen: The Bumswing

 

Type of performance: stand-up, storytelling

 

Venue 23: Pleasance Dome

 

Price: £9-14

 

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You know her, you love her, guys gals and nonbinary pals welcome to the stage: Sofie Hagen! Sofie is great, but you already know that. This year she’s bringing her new show The Bumswing to edinburgh and I mean, that promo photo? Flawless. Be sure to grab her book Happy Fat from your library, local bookstore, or wherever fine books are sold!

Now, this is by NO means an exhaustive list of all fat fringe performers. Can you think of any I've missed? What #FatFringe gigs are you looking forward to seeing? Let me know in the comments below! 

 

 

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Plus size style and fat positive blogger. Born in Kansas City. Matured in Edinburgh Scotland. Feminist killjoy, Instagram fanatic, and avid user of the sparkle emoji. Expect outfit posts, fat activism,
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