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Violet Nights: Body Politics

Part of Violet Nights

Examine the politics of fatness and taking up space with writers Bethany Rutter and Stephanie Yeboah, theatre maker Katie Greenall and performer Asad Ullah.

In the age of body positivity, fat bodies are both hyper-visible and violently policed online and in real life. Violet Nights brings together speakers, thinkers and artists in an evening of frank discussion, with opportunities to ask questions and a live performance by Katie Greenall of an extract from her new play, FATTY FAT FAT.

Violet Nights is a space for young people to socialise, express their views on topical issues, and explore with music, performance and discussion.

Bethany Rutter is a writer and podcaster from London who writes about bodies, plus-size fashion and body positivity. She is a social editor at navabi, a women’s plus-size fashion brand, and co-hosts podcast What Page Are You On?. She edited the plus-size style book PLUS+, and her debut young adult fiction book No Big Deal is published in August by Macmillan Children’s.

Stephanie Yeboah is a freelance writer, public speaker, fat acceptance advocate and a multi-award-nominated plus-size fashion blogger. Yeboah’s blog, Nerd About Town, has covered body positivity, race, intersectionality in feminism and dating all from the perspective of a black, plus-size woman living in the UK. She has written for publications such as Elle, GQ and Evening Standard.

Katie Greenall is a facilitator, theatre-maker and spoken word artist. Greenall is currently developing FATTY FAT FAT, her first full-length show, which is being performed at this year’s VAULT Festival. She was a member of the Poetry Collective at the Roundhouse, where she performed as part of Last Word Festival, as well as reaching the final of The Roundhouse Poetry Slam and of Scottee’s Hamburger Queen competition at Shoreditch Town Hall. She is currently a Resident Artist at the Roundhouse and is on the 2019 Soho Theatre Writer’s Lab programme.

Asad Ullah is a management consultant by day, and a writer and performer at all other times. He is currently performing in Scottee's Fat Blokes, which tours the UK and Ireland this Spring. In this talk, he discusses fat identity including love, race, sexual orientation, beauty standards and complexity, and wants to continue making theatre and content for people like him. He is developing a short play called Pops and hopes to showcase this in 2019.

Enam Asiama is a plus-size advocate and model, who has partnered with creatives including Linda Blacker, Universal Standard and Missguided. She has featured in publications including Refinery29, Metro and Afropunk, and appeared on gal-dem Reprezent Radio. She is a social activist and co-collaborator for female-empowering events including Black Girl Festival and Black Girls Picnic. Asiama identifies as a 'fat queer femme' and seeks to highlight the lack of representation of plus-size, black, woman-identifying bodies.

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Royal Festival Hall
Weston Roof Pavilion, Level 6, Green Side


Free, but ticketed

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Age recommendation
For ages 18 – 30.