SCALING NEW HEIGHTS

When you’re troubled about how many pounds you’ve been packing on, is there anything scarier than that moment of reckoning that comes with stepping onto the weighing scales…?

It’s a fear that playwright Ger Gallagher has found a whole world of funny in, as her hit Weighing In continues to pack ‘em in four years after it made its critically-acclaimed debut.

Set in the Easi-Slim clinic, the highly-driven Pam (Glenroe’s Isobel Mahon) and budding mother hen Breda (Father Ted’s Rose Henderson) strike up an unlikely friendship as they go into battle with their strict instructor.

Which, like all good instructors, is never seen – just heard. That the voice belongs to Rosaleen Lenehan just adds another layer of laughter to proceedings.

As with so many sweet packagings, we soon learn that everything is not as it seems from the outside, as Breda’s early infatuation with her new diet guru buddy gradually turns to something closer to pity.

For writer Ger Gallagher – who, along with many short stories, has published three novels (A Life Left Untold, Broken Passions and Shadow Play) – dealing with the modern obsession with dieting was not only about finding the laughs. With her two daughters going through their teens as she wrote Weighing In, the Cabinteely-based writer was keen to show just how ridiculous our modern obsession with being skinny really is…

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