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 Fatty Legs is set in Canada’s far north and is the true story of Olemaun Pokiak who dreamed of learning to read. But when she arrived at Residential School she was given the name Margaret, had her long braids cut off, and was made to wear itchy red wool socks as an example of her “unworthiness.” Treated cruelly by classmates and teachers, Margaret devised a plan to ensure the red stockings wouldn’t cause her any more humiliation. This show is a collaborative creation between an Inuit author, an Anishinaabe dancer, and a non-Indigenous choral ensemble. It combines ethereal singing, engaging narration, and contemporary Indigenous dance. It is a profound yet accessible story that brings to light the suffering created by residential schools while celebrating the deep strength of a child who refused to be broken by her experiences. 

The show is an adaptation of the book Fatty Legs by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak Fenton with illustrations by Liz Amini-Holmes and published by Annick Press.

Featured Artists

Sarain Fox

Xara Choral Theatre Ensemble

Christina Murray, conductor

Claire Leger, choral choreographer

Matthew Downey, lighting designer

Tour Dates & Locations 

October 15-16, 2018

Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts, Brantford, ON

October 17, 2018

Rose Theatre, Brampton, ON

October 18, 2018

Toronto Civic Theatres (Lyric Theatre), Toronto, ON

October 22-23, 2018

Grand Theatre, Kingston, ON

October 24, 2018

Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, Oakville, ON

October 25, 2018

Meaford Hall Arts & Cultural Centre, Meaford, ON

October 26, 2018

THEOP, Deep River​, ON

October 27, 2018

Kirkland Lake Arts Council, Kirkland Lake, ON 

(Northern College Auditorium)