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Alright! I’m Maria Ferguson, and I’m a poet and theatre maker from Romford in Essex. My dΓ©but 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.

‘Essex Girl’ UK tour dates

Maria Ferguson ‘Essex Girl’ UK tour dates autumn 2019

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.

‘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 πŸ˜„πŸ’™πŸ’‹πŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ’ͺ🏼πŸ’ͺπŸΌπŸŽ‰πŸ₯‚πŸΌ

‘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 🐼