Fat friends the musical
Fat Friends The Musical

Fat Friends The Musical has taken the hit TV show and transformed it into a stage spectacular!

Kay Mellor’s characters come back to eager audiences as the Yorkshire set production takes a comedic look at dieting.

Kelly and Kevin, played by Jodie Prenger and Andrew Flintoff, are preparing for their wedding day. However the dress of Kelly’s dreams is two sizes too small for her, so her family and friends help her to try and loose a few pounds before the wedding.

Rehearsal photo of Fat Friends Cast
Rehearsal photo of Fat Friends Cast

Head of ‘Super Slimmers’ Jodie Fleshman is played by Natasha Hamilton. She ups the stakes by promising to pay for Kelly’s wedding if she loses her target weight in time for her big day.

But will Kelly’s dreams be undone when she is encouraged to take supplements alongside her diet? Or do the pills have a more dangerous side?

This show takes a hilarious look into the struggles of dieters and their battle against cravings, body image and weigh-ins. However, it does carry a serious message into the dangers of unregulated diet pills.

Jodie Prenger takes on the leading role of Kelly, and her powerful voice and emotional performances had everyone glued to the action.

Rehearsal photo of Jodie Prenger and Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff
Rehearsal photo of Jodie Prenger and Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff

Better known for his cricketing and commentating skills, Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff takes on his first acting performance as lovesick Kevin. He brings his natural Yorkshire charm and lovable attitude to the stage, as well as his rarely heard singing skills. Whilst he may still seem a little nervous about singing solo ballads, he relaxed with singing and acting with others. As a reward, Andrew always received the loudest cheers from the audience.

Sam Bailey, known for winning X Factor in 2013, and Kevin Kennedy, best known as Curly Watts in Coronation Street, appear as Kelly’s parents. Together they make a great onscreen couple, with Kevin’s fast one liners and Sam’s talented voice.

Although this would be one to avoid for young viewers thanks to colourful language, Fat Friends is a fun night out, with fantastic music, hilarious writing and a feel good atmosphere.