The new musical Worth the Weight chronicles playwright and performer Florence Reiher's battle with an eating disorder
The new musical Worth the Weight chronicles playwright and performer Florence Reiher's battle with an eating disorder

Florence Reiher developed body image issues at a young age. Surprisingly, she found herself seeking a career in one of the most image-centric industries: show business.

After entering her twenties and becoming consumed by the competitive environment of theatre school, Reiher began to question her worth and talent. What started out as healthy habits quickly became a deadly game of restriction and over-exercising.

In the new musical Worth the Weight, writer and performer Reiher shares her personal journey in pursuit of an unattainable perfection.

“I hope that audiences watching Worth the Weight feel like it’s a safe space where we can feel like we’re going through this together. I know my story isn’t entirely unique, and that’s what makes it relatable,” says Reiher.

“When you hear, ‘a one woman show about an eating disorder’ I think a certain image of what that show will be comes to mind, and I’m almost positive this isn’t that show,” adds director Ben Bilodeau. “It’s messy, and rude, and hilarious, and heart wrenching, and it doesn’t come in the tidy package after school specials have delivered these stories for us. But is raw, and real, and vulnerable.”

Vancouver Presents went live during rehearsal with Reiher and director Ben Bilodeau to find out more.

Worth the Weight plays the XY Lounge (1216 Bute St, Vancouver) from November 25 through December 2. You can find more information and tickets online at http://benbilodeauproductions.com.