Made To Measure
Seymour Centre presents

Made to Measure Education Program

By Alana Valentine

16 May - 1 Jun 2019

Made to Measure is the stunning new work by multi-award winning playwright Alana Valentine that celebrates love and life in all its shapes.


Made to Measure is a new play by acclaimed Australian playwright Alana Valentine giving voice to the body positive community whilst exploring the science behind the effect of weight on our health. This play challenges deeply held prejudices around body image in both the fashion and wider community.


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 shame, and as the wedding gets closer, 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 actual designers, brides and health-based scientists, this play shimmers with Alana Valentine’s hallmark humour, humanity and astonishing insights.


Made to Measure will work as a springboard for discussions around body image, self-esteem and discrimination. Drama students will be able to see Alana Valentine’s signature style of verbatim-based theatre live on stage while English students will enjoy a contemporary Australian text with topical and challenging social perspectives.


This production contains occasional coarse language and mild sexual references.


*PDHPE and Crossroads Post-show Seminars
Made to Measure features three free post-show seminars after the weekday matinees. Please see the drop down box below for more information.


Tickets: School groups $25 (one teacher free per 20 students, additional teachers at student price)


Suitable: Years 9 – 12 (Stage 5 – 6 HSC)

Stage 5 & 6 Preliminary English, Drama, PDHPE
Stage 6 HSC Drama, PDHPE


Seminars: Free post-show seminars after the weekday matinees. Please see the drop down box below for more information.


Resources: Teaching resources will be available for all bookings.



Made to Measure features three post-show seminars (free with ticket purchase) with leading academics from Sydney University designed to use the play as a starting point for understanding healthy, safe and active lifestyles. Facilitators include Professor Amanda Salis and Claudia Harper from Sydney University’s Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise & Eating Disorders at the Charles Perkins Centre.


Free PDHPE Seminar after each school show:
Show: 11am – 12:30pm
Lunch: 12:30pm – 1pm
Seminar: 1pm – 2pm

Please indicate on your booking form if you would like to attend the seminar.


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
With Megan Wilding and Tracy Mann
Designer Melanie Liertz