Cyprus Theatre Organisation


FAT | Classroom Play


Book your tickets! FAT

The Classroom Play FAT by the up-and-coming writer Zoe Apostolidou, directed by Elena Sokratous, is currently in rehearsal. The play was written as part of the “Young Europe IV” programme of the European Theatre Convention (ETC), which will see eight new texts on diverse, inclusive themes produced for teenage audiences.

With directness, immediacy and a contemporary teenage language, FAT openly confronts the issue of fatphobia and the negative impact it has on the lives of those who suffer it, highlighting stigmatisation, prejudice, bullying, oppression and exclusion.

Frixos, a 17-year-old teenager, is bullied at school because of his physical size. Apart from the relationship he has with his close friend Effie, the rest of his social interactions take place online without Frixos ever revealing his appearance. Frixos reacts badly to the strong criticism of his body by both Effie and his mother.

The director and a young team of creators, sensitively approach the issues raised in the play in an attempt to overturn dominant perceptions and prejudices regarding diversity.

FAT begins its journey on 22 February 2024 in high school classrooms and will be performed to the public on 24 February 2024 at Theatro Apothikes. In early April, there will be another performance at the same venue as part of the Theatre Roadshow of the European Theatre in Palm project. It will then be hosted at the ETC's International Theatre Conference & Young Europe IV Festival, which will take place in Nova Gorica, Slovenia from 17 to 21 April.

About Young Europe IV

Young Europe IV is a three-year programme dedicated to broadening the canon of European theatre literature, whose aim is to raise the profile of non-dominant voices by highlighting "forgotten" plays and adding new works for teenagers through a writing process that involves local and international mentors. Nine theatres from seven countries are participating in the project, which has produced eight new plays on diverse, inclusive themes for young audiences. The resulting plays will be performed at participating theatres and at the International Theatre Conference & Young Europe IV Festival on 17-21 April 2024 in Nova Gorica, European Capital of Culture 2024. Young Europe IV is part of TRANSFORMATIONS, ETC's programme of activities for 2021-24, which is co-funded by the European Union. Young Europe IV has been awarded the Art Explora - Académie des Beaux-Arts European Award for 2022, which comes with a cash prize of €50,000.


Text: Zoe Apostolidou
Director: Elena Sokratous
Dramaturgy Advisors: Marina Maleni, Kyriaki Argyrou
Mentor: Mohammad Al Attar
Sets & Costumes: Sosanna Tomazou
Music: ecati
Movement: Yannis Economidis

Performed by: Nayia T. Karakosta, Aris Kyprianou

Special performances for high schools

From 22 February 2024
Information/Bookings: tel. 22864330

Performances for the general public:

Nicosia: Theatro Apothikes
Saturday 24 February 2024 at 6pm (with Greek surtitles & sign language interpreter) and 8:30pm
Sunday 25 February 2024 at 6pm (with English and Turkish surtitles)