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Rachel Stockdale and Theatre503 present

Fat Chance

Written by Rachel Stockdale
Directed by Jonluke McKie
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“I’m not saying I’m not beautiful. I’m saying I’m fat AND beautiful”

Meet Rachel – a 20-something actress from Boro whose funny, celebratory and politically powerful one-woman play explores her true-life experience of weight gain from size 8 to 18. From audition nerves and throwaway comments to literally breaking a leg this play is for:

Anyone who’s felt like they had to shrink themselves
Anyone who’s adapted to be more palatable to others
Anyone who’s ever put on or lost weight and been treated differently
Anyone who had free school dinners
Anyone who feels they don’t fit.

This unconventional show looks at the pitfalls of trying to have it all.

Running time: 60 minutes (no interval)

Age guidance: 14+

Content Warnings: This show contains themes that some audience members may find distressing. If this sounds like it could apply to you, you can view the content information by clicking the hyperlink.

Rachel Stockdale

Rachel is a fat, benefit class Actor & Theatre-maker from Middlesbrough, in the top 1% of underprivileged areas in the UK. She trained at National Youth Theatre, Northumbria University and ALRA North.

As a writer/performer, Rachel has been selected as a BBC Development Fund Comedy Creative 2023 and is working on adapting her work for screen. Her work includes the five-star Fat Chance (The Pleasance, Edinburgh Fringe); Tub Time (Northern Stage); the award-winning Bin Day (BBC iPlayer) and Coal Girls (Oldham Coliseum).

Acting credits:
Rachel was recently the voice of Newcastle United on TNT Sports. Other credits include Scar Top (BBC Radio 4); The Black Prince (Netflix); Black Dark (Live Theatre); Dick Whittington (Harrogate Theatre) The Twa Sisters (Middlesbrough Theatre); A View From The Bridge (Bolton Octagon); 1984 (Oldham Coliseum) and The Visit (Northern Stage).

Directing credits:
Rachel recently won the John Fernald Award for Directing and was Assistant Director on These Majestic Creatures at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Dick Whittington at Harrogate Theatre, the Northern Stage tour of Hound of the Baskervilles and 10 Things To Do In A Small Cumbrian Town at Alphabetti Theatre. She has directed various short plays, rehearsed readings and youth theatre productions across the North, including for the award-winning Live Youth Theatre.


Artistic Team
Rachel Stockdale
Jonluke McKie
Chloe Stott
Laura Lindow
Lighting and AV Designer
Simon Cole
Sound Designer and Composer
Roma Yagnik
Set and Costume Designer
Amy Watts and Anna Robinson
Touring Stage Manager
Kylie Ann Ford
Vocal Coach
Pippa Anderson
Marketing Support
Shannon Rewcroft
Chris Allan
Wilf Stone
Movement Director
Ruth Phillips
Rachel Stockdale

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