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Made to measure

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.

Event details
Date and time:
Tuesday 21 May, 8 – 9:15pm (performance from 6 – 8pm)
Venue: Seymour Centre (Reginald Theatre)
Entry: free with a ticket to the performance. Tickets from $37 (+ booking fee). Visit Seymour Centre website to book tickets.

Made to Measure takes the story of a bride-to-be's search for her dream wedding dress to delve into ideas around body shape and social prejudice. 

Writer Alana Valentine spent over 12 months engaging with scientists working at the forefront of tackling obesity to develop this stunning new work. 

Following the performance, join us for a discussion that investigates the connection between the performing arts and science, and asks: can it really change perceptions?

This Sydney Ideas event is co-presented with Charles Perkins Centre and Seymour Centre.

Made to Measure runs from 16 May – 1 June at Seymour Centre. It is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW. Presented in association with the Bupa Health Foundation.

The speakers

Alana Valentine is an Australian dramatist, and was a Writer-in-Residence for 2017 at the Charles Perkins Centre, an innovative research facility addressing diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease. Her play Ear to the Edge of Time, researched at Parkes Observatory and in consultation with prize-winning astrophysicists won the S.T.A.G.E International Award in 2012. Alana works with Bangarra Dance Theatre as dramaturg. Recent books include Dear Lindy (NLA) and BowerbirdThe art of making theatre drawn from life (Currency Press).

Stephen Simpson is Academic Director of the Charles Perkins Centre, foundation member of the Obesity Collective and Chair of its Curators group, and Professor in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Sydney. He has been named NSW Scientist of the Year (2009), elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London (2013) and made a Companion of the Order of Australia (2015). Stephen has also been prominent in the media, including presenting a four-part documentary series for ABC TV, Great Southern Land.

Event information

This event open to all and free with a ticket to a performance of Made to Measure

Simply click the 'Book now' button or follow this link.

A lift is located in the main foyer area with access to all foyers and theatres within the centre. Toilets are fully accessible and disabled seating is available in all venues.

Access parking and drop off is located on Maze Crescent at the Darlington Campus, the University of Sydney.

For patrons with limited mobility, it is recommended that when booking your tickets you inform our Box Office staff of your requirements in advance to ensure you are seated appropriately.

If you have any questions about accessibility, please call the Seymour Centre Box Office on 02 9351 7940.

Seymour Centre street address is as follows: Cornere Cleveland Street and City Road, Chippendale. 


The closest secure car park is the Shepherd St multi-story car park located on the corner of Cleveland St and Shepherd St. Limited free parking is available at the University of Sydney or in surrounding streets.


Numerous bus routes run directly past the Seymour Centre: 422, 423, 426, 428, 370, 352. A bus stop is located at the front of the venue on City Road. Visit for bus time tables.


The closest train station is Redfern which is a short walk from the Seymour Centre. Central Station is a 5-minute bus ride away. Visit for more information.

Lead image credit: promotional image of Made to Measure. Supplied courtesy of Seymour Centre.

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