The F Word

Co-created and performed by Keshia Cheesman & Bianca Miranda
Directed by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard
A World Premiere presented by Alberta Theatre Projects
A Downstage production
In association with Handsome Alice & Theatre Calgary

February 9 – 19, 2023


FAT. How does that word make you feel? Society tells us to deflect, avoid and distance ourselves from FAT. We’re in the midst of a revolution to unearth the deeply ingrained shame, blame and fear associated with fatness. Fairytales, lectures, dance, and song are infused with wild whimsy in The F Word. Creator-performers Keshia Cheesman and Bianca Miranda explore their friendship as two fat women on a journey to self-acceptance and fat liberation. They confront fatphobia, diet culture, and the intersection of fatness with race in this powerful, playfully political pop-art piece.

We are standing in the power of FAT. Go, grow, glow. Take up space.

Running Time: Approximately 110 minutes, no intermission

Audience Considerations: Suggested for ages 15+. This show contains flashing and moving lights, strong language.


Downstage and ATP are happy to host a 20 minute post-show conversation after every performance of The F Word! These conversations give you an opportunity to share thoughts, feelings and impressions of this world premiere with other audience members. It’s also a chance for you to hear how others experienced the play! Downstage’s Artistic Director, Clare Preuss, will facilitate every conversation (except for February 14, which will be focused as a talk-back with artists). Join us for this opportunity to connect with other community members about this wildly funny and deeply moving piece of theatre!


The following performance of The F Word will be a Masked Performance:

  • Saturday, February 11 – 2:00PM

What this means is that masks will remain mandatory throughout the lobby and in the Martha Cohen Theatre for the duration of this performance. At this time, we are requesting that audience members please wear masks of a surgical/procedural quality or better. Surgical masks will be provided to guests upon entry should they need it.

Masks may be taken off while actively eating and drinking in the lobby, while you are at a stationary table or chair. Food and drink will not be allowed in the theatre for this performance.

We thank you for your understanding as we aim to accommodate the needs of all of our valued guests, and your help in ensuring everyone can enjoy their theatre experience.

If this change presents any causes of concern for you, or a member of your party does not wish to remain masked the entire time, please contact our Ticket Office at or 403-294-7402 for a ticket exchange into an alternate performance.

New size-accessible seating available! Certain seats in the theatre offer additional size and weight capacity. Chairs marked with an “s” on the seating map within the purchase path have a weight capacity of 500lbs, in addition to not having arm-rests. If these chairs better suit your needs, please select any seat with an “s” on it”.

Masks Encouraged

Ticket Office hours: Monday-Friday, 9:30am-5:00pm MT

Masks are no longer required for most performances (with the exception of the masked performances listed above). However, ATP continues to strongly encourage wearing a mask where possible. Alberta Theatre Projects staff, including the Box Office Team, ushers and volunteers will continue to wear masks.