Local storyteller presents “Remedial Girl”

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The Adventures of Fat Woman and Remedial Girl is the blog and audio book of local storyteller Sarah Lau. The audiobook is based on Lau’s live performances, in a style she calls “story theater”. She compares it to an author’s reading without the reading, or improv with a script. “The Adventures of Fat Woman and Remedial Girl” combines straight narration with voice acting to present the story of 11-year-old Louise Pang, trying to make sense out of the confusing world around her and struggling to live up to the high expectations of her family.

Lau had written the stories as a creative writing project that developed into a novel. She created the story theater format when she acquired a new interest in acting, and then began recording audio-only performances to allow her to put the whole story in one piece, as opposed to the shorter excerpts she was able to find stage venues for. She has brought the project to the web over the past year or so.

“The Adventures of Fat Woman and Remedial Girl” is, like a lot of good stories, driven by characters — Lousie, her friends, her family, and the inevitable bullies of childhood — and Lau’s dramatic style brings them all to life. Asked about influences, she mentioned Flannery O’Connor, and the wide variety of characters in her work. The other key element in “Remedial Girl” is humor. I haven’t yet heard the complete collection, but I’ve sampled beginning, middle, and end, and every chapter combined at least a good chuckle with the drama of 11-year-old Louise’s life.

You can start listening to The Adventures of Fat Woman and Remedial Girl with the prologue, or go to the site main page and download multiple chapters at a time for listening on your portable MP3 player. Lau has “semi-firm” plans to perform at the open mic at either The Venuez in Santa Clara (no web page, see Yelp!) on July 27, or at Red Rock Coffee Company in Mountain View on July 26. She’s also available to perform story theater in a 30-45 minute presentation for schools, libraries, community groups, or not-for-profits.

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