Lucy Aphramor
Raise the Roof
Dates: 20th-24th Aug 2018
Time: 11:45 (12:45)
Price: £5.00 (£3.00)

Solo Theatre, Performance Poetry, LGBT. Age 16+

Company Description

This year sees the first time collaboration between spokenword performer Lucy Aphramor AKA The Naked Dietitian and theatre director Tian Glasgow of New Slang Productions combining their art-as-social action passion.

Production Description

A stunning one-woman spoken word show for anyone passionate about moving the health conversation away from fat shame and food guilt to justice and body respect for all.

"I urge you to see it" Edinburgh Reporter*****



Review:     Raise The Roof - The Naked Dietitian

Lucy Aphramor, aka The Naked Dietitian, returns to the Quaker Meeting House to reprise her one-woman show, Raise The Roof, which gained critical acclaim here last year. In 2018, she has moved the performance from the black box theatre to the airy Meeting Room with its views across the rooftops. This creates a certain intimacy (audience and performer facing each other as though in a domestic setting, with natural daylight), while also allowing Lucy to explore the connection with the outside world afforded by the windows.

Raise The Roof is an impassioned plea for us all to make peace with ourselves, with our bodies, accepting that we are all ‘basically OK’. And if that sounds like a modest achievement, it’s not if you have always felt judged as imperfect, inadequate and (basically) worthless, because of your weight, your appearance, your ethnicity, your sexuality. The poetry lays bare her own experiences, those of people she has met and of countless others, offering reassurance that no-one need feel alone in their pain and their experience of injustice. It is a clarion call, a plea for compassion and love, and it is shot through with anger at the harm that is done, the lives blighted and futures lost.

This is a powerful piece of writing, delivered from the heart. The emotions are close to the surface, the tone urgent. And although the subject matter is difficult and the pain sometimes hard to bear, there’s a strong message of hope. I recommend this show wholeheartedly.

 ‘Peace says It’s ok. To be. To be who you are. To be gentle with yourself.’

Raise The Roof; Lucy Aphramor
Quaker Meeting House, August 20th-24th, 11.45am.

Sue Proudlove