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Alana Valentine Tackles Health and Body Positivity in New Play

Source: The Art House
Archived 23 Jun 2019 - Posted: 26 Apr 2019
Giving a voice to women struggling with obesity and the pressure to be perfect on ‘the happiest day of their lives’ is rarely seen in theatre, but acclaimed Australian playwright Alana Valentine has done just that with her powerful new play Made To Measure.

Drawing on interviews with real designers, brides, and scientists, Made To Measure shines with Valentine’s signature authenticity, empathy, and humour.

Valentine was commissioned by The Charles Perkins Centre, an Australian medical research institute, clinic and education hub that primarily focuses on diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity. The CPC seeks to educate and change minds about people living with metabolic syndrome, obesity, diabetes and kidney disease. Instead of pressuring these people to fit the norm and telling them what they should/shouldn’t do, the CPC looks to support them in their endeavours to work and connect as a community, and bring about change of their own accord.

Valentine saw this as a great opportunity to write about the elusive ‘ideal wedding day body’ and the issues and contradictions that come with putting yourself on show in such a public way.

Made To Measure seeks to go beyond the debate about fat shaming and health in a funny and deeply character-based play that raises questions rather than gives answers. Attacking prejudices and assumptions, while empowering those who may feel shame, guilt or pressure from society as a whole.

Confronting, informative and moving. Made To Measure is not to be missed!


Made To Measure

Dates and Times:
Thursday 13th June 2019 at 11.00am
Friday 14th June 2019 at 11.00am & 7:30pm

Venue:
The Art House, 19 Margaret Street, Wyong NSW

Tickets:
$20-$30
Book online or phone 02 4335 1485

This article archived 23 Jun 2019

 
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