i weigh

(Ad) This evening I watched i weigh, by Mortal Fools at Gosforth Civic Theatre in exchange for this honest review.

 

i weigh is a movement started by Jameela Jamil (TV Presenter, Model and Actress) encouraging people to be more body confident.  It started after she posted a picture on Instagram post sharing how much each Kardashian family member weighed.  After that, she and others posted pictures and words showing what they value over and above their weight e.g. positive characteristics, achievements and skills.   You can find out more in this article, and via Instagram, Facebook, and the i weigh webpage.

 

The i weigh play has been created by young people in response to this online movement.  It tackles what it’s like living in a world that places value on the superficial, and asks questions about the expectations placed on us every day e.g. what can you really tell about someone from their Instagram feed? We tell the world we’re feeling #blessed, and that we’re #livingourbestlives, but what do we do when we’re feeling anxious, uncomfortable, stressed or alone? In a world full of highs, we’re not so good at dealing with the lows.

It’s a dynamic and thought-provoking show that explores what we are worth and how we can learn to value and accept ourselves and each other.  I found it clever, interesting and touching, with great music and acting throughout.  The train journeys, announcements, and regular chair swaps were effective at creating a heightened atmosphere of anxiety/tension.

Three quotes stood out;

“We all want to be more confident.  The main destroyer of confidence is comparing yourself to other people.”

“Imagine what we could do if we put all the time and energy we waste on social media into learning an instrument or a new language or actually just talking to people in real life.   Maybe we wouldn’t all feel so… lonely”

“Don’t be fake,
You are always enough,
You are an immovable piece of art,
not beautiful, not meant to be measured,
not made for the pleasure of others, you are an inscrutable treasure”.

The performance I watched (to a sold out audience) is the second of six running throughout April  (including Tuesday 9th April – Gateshead, Thursday 11th April – Barrow in Furness, Saturday 13th April – Ellesmere Port, Saturday 27th April – Barnard Castle) – click here to book .  £5 a ticket (or £3 for young adults) is excellent value, and you’re supporting an award winning local charity.

Running Time: 80 mins (no interval)
Age Guidance: Recommended 13+ (may contain some mild/strong language)

Mortal Fools have a Facebook page.  I like their strap line – Dare More, Learn More, Become More.  They’ve worked closely with Tyne Valley Youth Theatre on this project.

Have you seen i weigh, or another Mortal Fools production?

#iWeigh  #MortalFools  #GosforthCivicTheatre  #DareMoreLearnMoreBecomeMore  #TyneValleyYouthTheatre

 

 

 

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