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Alright! I’m Maria Ferguson, and I’m a poet and theatre maker from Romford in Essex. My dรฉbut 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’ wins Show of the Week award at VAULT Festival

VAULT award | Maria Ferguson | Essex Girl
With my fellow award winners at VAULT Festival

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. This isn’t the last you’ve seen of it, babes ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿฅ‚๐Ÿผ

About the show…

“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

Kirsty is a sixteen-year-old girl growing up in ’00s Brentwood. She likes WKD, Elton John, Pie & Mash and Charlie Red body spray. She’s on a quest to win Sexy Ricky’s heart and pass her GCSEs. She also has a secret to tell you. One she can’t tell anyone else.

Follow Kirsty’s story through the house parties and Irish pubs of Essex. From West Ham matches to choir practice, pre-drinks to registration, she will tell you what it’s really like to be an Essex Girl.

Shortlisted for Tony Craze Award 2018

Show of the Week at VAULT Festival 2019


Developed with Battersea Arts Centre and Soho Young Company


Directed by Lucy Bairstow โ€ข Photo by Suzi Corker


‘Fat Girls Don’t Dance’ out now on Oberon Books

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’.

Fat Girls Don't Dance | Maria Ferguson

Fat Girls Don't Dance, Saboteur Award Winner: Best Spoken Word Show 2017, Oberon Books. Essex Girl, shortlisted for Tony Craze Award 2018 at Soho Theatre ๐Ÿผ