Content warning: Bigotry through metaphor, depictions of bodily fluids, discussions of violence and suicide, police intimidation.
Jamie Simmons lives a quiet life. One day, out of nowhere, several bags of poisonous noxious fat are delivered to their house. Even worse, they are told that they are not allowed to move or disrupt the bags without the help of a specialist from the local council. So Jamie embarks down a rabbit hole of bureaucracy and invasive interviews, just to get the ever-piling bags out of their house. All the while, their friends and family can’t understand why they don’t just ignore the bags, and stop talking about it.
J. L. Pichelski presents a rehearsed reading of her new play, Bags of Fat, a surreal and Kafkaesque journey through bureaucracy, anxiety and prejudice. Directed by Morag Mayland, Bags of Fat uses metaphor to show the struggles and uncertainty that many transgender and non-binary people go through in order to survive the NHS gender identity system.
The performance will take place on the 27th October 2022 and Camden People’s Theatre in London. (Please note, because this is an invited event, you will not find it listed on the Camden People’s Theatre Box Office)
Note: As this is a rehearsed reading, the actors will perform with script in hand. We will have feedback forms on paper and online for audience members to give feedback after the performance. Tickets are free.
Jamie: Alec Moore (He/They)
Alec has just graduated from ICMT making Bags Of Fat their professional debut. He is very excited to be working on what is the future of theatre and hopes you enjoy the show. Previous theatre roles include: Tiny Tom in Urinetown.
All Other Characters: Lexi Pickett (They/Them)
Lexi is a queer, jewish non binary actor and trained at ICT. Lexi is a member of the award working feminist comedy collective ClapBack Club and can often be found in a park somewhere performing regional outdoor 48hr Shakespeare with One Fell Swoop.
Director: Morag Mayland (He/They)
Morag is a recent musical theatre graduate of Trinity Laban and emerging non-binary performer and creative. They have recently finished a short run of a new devised show titled Arthur’s Seat with 13 Months Theatre Company. Morag is excited to be working with J. L. on this compelling new piece of theatre, and he hopes audiences will come away considerate of the baggage we all live with.
Writer: J. L. Pichelski (She/Her)
J. L. Pichelski is a transgender playwright based in North London. They have had several plays performed around London over the last few years, including a full length show, Scenic Reality which was performed as part of the Camden Fringe in 2019. During the pandemic, J. L. organised several Zoom performances of her short play Lost Phone, which also looked at issues face by transgender and non-binary people living in the UK today.
Time and Location
Bags of Fat will be performed on the 27th October 2022 at Camden People’s Theatre, starting at 7:15pm. There will be no charge for attending but we ask that you reserve your ticket at the EventBrite links either above below.