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 touring 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’m touring it in theatres around the country until the end of 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 😄💙💋🙌🏼💪🏼💪🏼🎉🥂🐼
You can purchase signed copies of my two play-texts in my new online shop! They’re both published by Oberon Books. ‘Fat Girls Don’t Dance’ is ready now, and ‘Essex Girl’ will be sent out from 1 October.