Cow. Slob. Pig. How many insults can you hear before you have to stand up and defend the woman you love?… Fat Pig tells the story of Tom, a handsome, young professional who meets a sweet-natured, sexy, funny and intelligent girl named Helen – who just happens to be “plus-sized”. Tom finds himself irresistibly attracted to Helen and her refreshingly self-deprecating acceptance of the way people see her, and to his own surprise, he is soon head over heels in love with her.
But for reasons he cannot explain or even admit to himself, Tom finds it necessary to keep the object of his desires a secret from his friends: his obnoxious best friend Carter, and his on-off girlfriend Jeannie, who both become obsessively curious about Tom’s new, mysterious lover. In order to hide his big secret from them, Tom starts playing a clumsy game of charades and weaving a tangled web of deception. As Tom questions his friendships, he is increasingly troubled by questions about his own integrity; while Helen remains steadfastly loyal, loveable and a lot more than meets the eye.
As Tom and Helen fall deeper and deeper in love, and Carter and Jeannie get closer and closer to the truth, the course of true love is going to get messy – BIG time.
Winner of the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Play, and nominated for the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, Fat Pig is a hilarious “rom-com”, a bittersweet love story, and also a slyly observed comedy of manners, prejudices and taboos.
Opens: 13 February to 2nd March 2014
Location: DBS Arts Centre
For more information: www.pangdemonium.com
“Balances black humour and social commentary in a beautifully written, hilarious dissection of how societal pressures affect relationships. Astute and up-to-the-minute relevant.”
New York Post
“An alternately rude and heartwarming play laced with sweet moments and insults. It is so good it is almost painful to watch – in short, it is the type of theater we need to be seeing.”
The Daily Californian
“LaBute’s darkly humorous approach is often outrageously funny but, at the same time, it makes you feel guilty for laughing.” Theater Mania
“Fat Pig is a play that will stay with you and will leave you with more questions than answers. Go see it – it’s not one to miss.” Australian Stage