Made to Measure is the stunning new work by multi-award winning playwright Alana Valentine about finding love, trust and that perfect dress
Bride-to-be Ashleigh commissions Monica, a couture designer, to make the wedding dress of her dreams. She is reassured by Monica’s promises that the process will celebrate Ashleigh and fill her with confidence, but Ashleigh’s outward assurance masks internal conflict and doubt. As the wedding approaches, both client and stylist are forced to face the complicated relationship they have with each other, body shape and social prejudice.
Drawing on interviews with designers, brides and health-based scientists, Made to Measure shimmers with Alana Valentine’s hallmark authenticity, empathy, and humour.
Commissioned by the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre, dedicated to easing the world’s lifestyle diseases such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and related conditions, Made to Measure gives voice to the body positive community whilst exploring the science behind the effect of weight on our health.
Made to Measure is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.
Presented in association with the Bupa Health Foundation.
SYDNEY IDEAS EVENT
Tuesday 21 May
8 – 9:15pm
Art, Science and the Obesity Epidemic
As part of Seymour’s Centre’s premiere season of Made to Measure by Alana Valentine, this special Sydney Ideas event explores the role the arts has to play in investigating major public health issues.
Playwright Alana Valentine, who spent 12 months engaging with scientists working at the forefront of tackling obesity, will be joined by Professor Stephen Simpson (Academic Director of the Charles Perkins Centre) and Santina Porpiglia (Creative Director at Collezione Santina & Ms Santina) to discuss the connection between arts and science and ask: can art really change perceptions?
Entry is free with a ticket to the performance.
Made to Measure was commissioned by the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre, dedicated to easing the world’s lifestyle diseases such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and related conditions.
Writer Alana Valentine
Director Timothy Jones
Designer Melanie Liertz
Lighting Designer Verity Hampson
Composer and Sound Designer David Bergman
Design Assistant Briana Patrice Russell
Cast Tracy Mann, Megan Wilding and Sam O’Sullivan