Fat Kid Running

What does it take to be at home in a body? How do you have fun moving in a world of body shaming and fat burning? Fat Kid Running is a cross country journey from the fat kid skiving PE lessons, to a fat, fierce, feminist runner. This is not an inspiring before-and-after picture. It won’t make you thinner, or faster. It is a sometimes moving, sometimes funny, always honest exploration of the complicated business of being in a body.

Fat Kid Running is my first full-length spoken word show – it debuted as part of Flint & Pitch, on Friday 12th May 2016, at the Scottish Storytelling Centre. Read about it here.

It was longlisted for Best Spoken Word Show in the 2018 Saboteur Awards.


Sabotage Reviews saw the show at the Camden People’s Theatre. They said:

“The ‘real’ world of school, GP surgeries, and afternoon tea is overlaid with another world of magic and metaphor. It is this that elevates Fat Kid Running to something truly special… Fat Kid Running is a powerful, necessary work… [after the show] the theatre bar filled with friends and strangers sharing their own stories of awful PE teachers, sizeist bullying, and bodily reclamation. The show had worked a powerful magic on us, lifting the stigma around these discussions, and that itself was more than worth the price of admission.”

Wee Reviews gave it four stars – they said:

“With Fat Kid Running, Katherine McMahon presents an honest and brilliant spoken word theatre show that is filled with powerful words and attention grabbing imagery. The performer’s beaming personality is present throughout and this allows the show to unfurl with an easy energy and a joyful glee that is infectious and entertaining.”

If you or anyone you know would like to book the show, please do get in touch!

Previous performances:

EDINBURGH: 12th May 2017, 19:30, Scottish Storytelling Centre, as part of Flint & Pitch Presents…

GLASGOW: 9th June 2017, 17:00, Glad Cafe, as part of the Workers Theatre Weekender.

EDINBURGH: 13th June 2017, 19:30, The Bakers Arms, as part of the LEAP Sports Festival Fortnight.

INVERNESS: 15th June 2017, 19:30, Eden Court, as part of the LEAP Sports Festival Fortnight.

EDINBURGH: 28th July 2017, 19:00, The Melting Pot – a Women’s Wellbeing Event by LGBT Health and Wellbeing.

LONDON: 15th March 2018, 7.15pm, Camden People’s Theatre, as part of the Sprint Festival

LONDON: 4th June 2018, Camden People’s Theatre, as part of Itch Collective’s Skinned:Live Festival

Photos by Chris Scott for Flint & Pitch

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