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FatBusters the Musical (Susan Elkin reviews)

A weight-loss class or group attracts people disparately. The dynamic as they ‘bond’ has such strong theatrical potential that it’s surprising that (to my knowledge) no one has tapped into this rich field before.

Clearly inspired by Weight Watchers, Slimming World et al, Fat Busters is a commercial company that exists to help people lose weight – but in this case the leader (Fiona, played by Yvette Robinson) is a whining, self-interested bully doing her class – all of them vulnerable in their different ways – no good at all.

The characters and mindsets are well observed in Rebecca Westberry’s production, and the piece is very funny …

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Susan Elkin Susan Elkin is an education journalist, author and former secondary teacher of English. She was Education and Training Editor at The Stage from 2005 - 2016
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