Alright! I’m Maria Ferguson, and I’m a poet and theatre maker from Romford in Essex. My début one-woman show ‘Fat Girls Don’t Dance‘ won the Saboteur Award for Best Spoken Word Show in 2017, and I’m currently performing my new show ‘Essex Girl‘ around the UK.
“Essex Girl: a young working-class woman from the Essex area, typically considered as being unintelligent, materialistic, devoid of taste and sexually promiscuous.” Collins English Dictionary
After winning Show of the Week at VAULT Festival, I’ve been taking ‘Essex Girl’ to pubs around the East and South East with Inn Crowd, as well as festivals including Brainchild and Port Eliot. I’ll be touring it in theatres around the country from September to November.
That’s right, babes – ‘Essex Girl’ is hitting the road. It’s even going up north. Most of the shows are already on sale, so check out the tour blog for ticket links and info on each event.
I am beyond surprised/excited/jubilated/losing my f**king shit that ‘Essex Girl’ won ‘Show of the Week’ for Week 2 at VAULT Festival 2019. I am so proud, so happy, so astounded, so pleased 😄💙💋🙌🏼💪🏼💪🏼🎉🥂🐼
The play text of ‘Fat Girls Don’t Dance’ was published by Oberon Books in 2017 and is available to purchase below. It also includes a small poetry collection called ‘Mirrors’.