Fat Chance

Fat Chance
Reviewer's Rating

Who cares if you’re fat?

In a world where the pursuit of an elusive “ideal” body dominates headlines and cultural conversations, “Fat Chance,” starring Rachel Stockdale, emerges as a beautiful commentary looking at her experiences navigating life.

This one-woman show boldly challenges prevailing beauty standards, inviting audiences on a journey that transcends the stage to confront deeply ingrained perceptions of oneself and others. With no plot but rather a poignant presentation of Rachel’s life experiences as a fat woman, the performance offers a thought-provoking exploration of societal norms and personal identity.

Rachel’s warmth and authenticity draw viewers in, while her raw emotional delivery encourages empathy and understanding. Through humour and song, she navigates weighty topics with grace, leaving audiences both entertained and enlightened. The use of projectors adds a visual dimension to her narrative, enhancing the connection to her story and experiences.

In the intimate setting of the venue, Rachel’s vulnerability, such as changing her bra onstage, becomes a powerful statement against societal shame and stigma. Far from unsettling, this intimacy fosters a sense of closeness and understanding between performer and audience. The show’s insightful message challenges audience members to reconsider their own biases and internalized prejudices.

The production adds an extra layer of authenticity to Rachel Stockdale’s performance. Props are scattered across the stage – set up as a living room – effortlessly woven into the storytelling. From childhood photos to quirky items, each prop adds a touch of realism, making Rachel’s experiences feel more vivid and relatable. It’s these little details that enhance the overall charm of the show, bringing a sense of cosiness and familiarity to the performance.

Transitions between scenes are executed with finesse, ensuring a smooth flow of storytelling that keeps the audience engaged from start to finish. Whether moving from light-hearted moments of humour to more introspective reflections on self-image and diet culture, the transitions feel natural.

All in all, “Fat Chance” is a show that effortlessly blends entertainment with insight, leaving audiences thoroughly captivated and uplifted. Through Rachel Stockdale’s poignant performance, the show becomes a journey of self-discovery and empowerment. By boldly reclaiming the word “fat” as a mere adjective rather than an insult, Rachel challenges societal norms and encourages us to see beyond superficial judgments. She reminds us that there’s more to a person than their weight, and that true beauty lies in authenticity and self-acceptance. With humour, heart, and a sprinkle of wisdom, “Fat Chance” is a celebration of individuality and a testament to the power of embracing one’s true self.


Writer and Performer: Rachel Stockdale

Director: Jonluke McKie

Composer: Wilf Stone

Movement Director: Ruth Anna Phillips

UK Tour until Saturday 27th April 2024

Running time: 1 hour (no interval)