Fats and Tanya – Etcetera Theatre

A dark comedy about domestic abuse and the power of an unlikely friendship.

Set against the current climate of austerity and cuts in the social welfare sector, Fats and Tanya is a heart-warming clash of two cultures that are unexpectedly brought together with a highly charged emotional currency. Two outsiders, one shared experience; two perceptions, one common outcome; two languages, the same story retold.

Confronting on stage the much neglected subject of domestic violence, Fats and Tanya joins London Irish domestic violence victim, Tanya, with her Bengali support worker Fatima. As their lives entwine, past secrets unravel and new hope arises – will their lives ever be the same?

Fats and Tanya is many things: a dark comedy about two extraordinary women, a tribute to survivors of domestic violence, a recognition of those who help combat it, a critique of the dwindling domestic violence prevention resources in the UK, and a celebration of the UK’s myriad ethnic groups. As public debate over women’s rights and domestic violence rages on, there has never been a better time to provide a powerful, yet tongue-in-cheek, commentary.

Emerging playwright, Lucy Gallagher, draws on experience of a family member who spent time in a women’s refuge as well as research provided by Solace Women’s Aid to bring her explosive debut play to the Camden Fringe.

Directed by Phoebe Barran.