Witty new play MEASURED comes to The Hope Theatre this February


A witty new play which examines the hidden consequences of living with an eating disorder comes to The Hope Theatre next month.

Emma O’Brien’s MEASURED will run at the venue from 22 February to 12 March, offering a heartfelt and hilarious look into life with an eating disorder.


The play examines both the hidden consequences for the sufferer and those who love them. Exposing the emotional turmoil of the illness without glamorising its dangers, MEASURED questions how effective recovery can be in a society that still wants women to be as ‘little’ as possible.

Sophie’s sister, Lucy, is at that age where her friends are throwing yoghurt around at school. Sophie’s boyfriend, Tom, runs a catering company for picky wedding planners. And Sophie? Sophie has an eating disorder – which she sees as a rather large inconvenience. Now she’s in recovery, Sophie is hopeful she can reconnect with Lucy and Tom, but she knows that after hiding within her illness for so long, it’s not going to be easy to cope without it.

Writer Emma O’Brien has a special connection with this subject having penned MEASURED whilst in recovery from anorexia. Emma was also guided by over ten years of mental health social work experience. Helping to guide Emma’s story will be award-winning director Cat Robey who has been Deputy Director of Jermyn Street Theatre for the past two years.

MEASURED will star award-winning comedian and mental health ambassador Juliette Burton, who also has lived experience of eating disorders, in the lead role of Sophie.

Throughout its run, the play will be headlining the Measured Festival, produced by Forward Thought Theatre. The Measured Festival will consist of comedy, performance and spoken word from award-winning acts, TV names and Edinburgh Fringe Festival stars, all with the aim of making talking about mental illness accessible.

The Festival will feature activists, authors and comedians including Sooz Kempner (Musical Comedy Awards Best Newcomer), Sikisa (Winner of BBC New Comedy Award 2017), Dave Chawner (seen on BBC, ITV & Channel 5), Juliette Burton, and spoken word and performance art group What’s Going On In Your Head?. The festival will be taking place across the play’s entire run including 2022’s Eating Disorder Awareness week from 28 February, a cause close to the creators hearts.

For tickets and more information on MEASURED and The Measured Festival, visit

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