Chewing the Fat

Selina invites you to her own version of a midnight feast: somewhere between the confessions made over coffee at weight watchers, and the sloppy drunken story-telling that accompanies that 3am kebab. She infuses discussion of complex, life long issues with weight with laughter, balloons and a healthy dose of rice pudding to result in something truly vibrant. Somewhere between story telling, stand up, live art and theatre, Chewing the Fat is a powerful and extremely open portrayal of how we live with our bodies, on both the days when they are beautiful, and the days when they are a burden.


Chewing The Fat is Selina’s first solo work. Originally developed as a 20-minute piece for her dissertation at the University of Sheffield, the show was then developed into a full-length piece at Theatre in the Mill, Bradford in 2013.


It has toured nationally to over 22 venues and was performed over a two week run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014 with Northern Stage at Kings Hall.


There are a few opportunities to still catch the show in 2015, all dates can be found on our What’s On page.


Shortlisted for a Total Theatre Award at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014

‘Thompson is so personable you could eat her up’
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

‘sparkly, difficult and painful all at once’
What’s On Stage

‘breathtakingly brave, incredibly hard to watch and deeply moving’ 
Nick Ahad, Yorkshire Post

‘helps to defuse media hysteria around obesity and nourish and honest post-show debate about the subject’. 
Susan Darlington, Morning Star

Come and pay Selina a visit, you might even get a KitKat out of it.

Chewing The Fat has previously toured to:

Theatre in the Mill, Bradford

ARC, Stockton

Sheffield University

Pulse Festival, Ipswich

Northern Stage at Kings Hall (Edinburgh Fringe Festival)

Create Theatre, Mansfield

The Maltings, Berwick upon Tweed

CAST, Doncaster

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The Marlborough, Brighton

Hull Truck

The Everyman, Cheltenham

The Lowry, Salford

The Barbican, Plymouth

The Civic, Barnsley

The Bike Shed, Exeter

Camden People’s Theatre, London

Colchester Arts Centre

Derby Theatre

Programmer/Promoter Information:

Chewing The Fat is available for touring during Spring/Summer 2015. For a touring pack and more information, please contact Emma Beverley on [email protected]


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