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“Funny and affecting...She is a brilliant observer and her characterisations...are powerfully nuanced.”
(Lenny Ann Low)
The Sydney Morning Herald >>MORE


"...utterly winning blend of humour and wistful observation... an intelligent and evocative meditation on appetite and hunger... The show...is a knockout. Miss it at your peril." (Peter Calder)
The New Zealand Herald >>MORE

"You're guaranteed to lose weight while you see this show, you'll laugh your arse off!"
Metro, Edinburgh >>MORE

"The humour is sharp...superb...likely to connect with anyone who's ever looked in the mirror...Filler Up! goes down a treat."
Time Out, London (Critic's Pick) >>MORE

Hilarious Jewish New Zealand comic actor, Deb Filler, bakes challah bread live onstage in her twenty-seven character play, Filler Up! Deb was actually born in a bakery. Her father was a Holocaust survivor who nearly starved to death in the camps had a lifelong obsession – food could never be wasted. Her recently widowed mother, also a survivor, had her own issues with food. This produced a passionate but highly unusual household. Filler Up! asks how do you take the recipe you are given by your family and make it your own? The story of the play surrounds this semi-fictional family, whose off-spring inevitably developed self esteem issues about being overweight, as well as a plethora of hilarious and poignant stories. These include young Deb unknowingly being sent to a fat farm, the bittersweet struggle of being an overweight actress in New York City, and falling in love with a Lesbian Avenger who demonstrates outside Weight Watchers.

Co-written with Lowry Marshall (2.5 Minute Ride) and directed by Eda Holmes, this powerful story alternates between howlingly funny and disarmingly poignant. Filler sings, dances and tells unforgettable stories, as rich as they are warm.

IF YOU WANT TO KNOW HOW TO MAKE THE CHALLAH BREAD... CLICK HERE FOR THE RECIPE!

After seeing FILLER UP!, Estella Clingman, a fan of Deb's, won the Champion Prize in Breadmaking at the Castle Hill Agricultural Show in NSW, Australia using Deb's challah recipe.

FILLER UP! was workshopped at:

New York Theatre Workshop at Dartmouth (1997-8)
RHUBARB Festival, Buddies In Bad Times, Toronto (1999)
Theatre J, Washington DC (1999)
Adirondak Theatre Festival (1999)
New Zealand Fringe Festival, Wellington (2000)
New York Theatre Wkshop at Dartmouth (2000)
Buddies, Toronto (2001)
Centre Stage, Harrisburg (2001)
Gloucester Stage, Gloucester (2001)
Baltimore Theatre Project (2002)
Edinburgh Festival (2002)
Artword Theatre, Toronto (2002)

World Premiere:
Drill Hall, London UK (2003)

Subsequent Performances:
JCA Sydney, Australia (2003)
Auckland Theatre Company, New Zealand (2003)
Tauranga Festival for the Arts, New Zealand (2003)
Victoria Centre for the Arts, Australia (2003)
Metro Stage, Virginia (2004)
Friends of Italian Opera, Berlin (2004)
Michigan Womyn's Festival (2004)
Centaur Theatre, Montreal (2005)

 

Upcoming Shows

CORAL SPRINGS, FL
Filler Up!
Stage Door Theatre

April 26 thru June 9

ADIRONDACK THEATRE FESTIVAL
Filler Up!
Glens Falls, NY

June 30 thru July 5

If you want to know how to make the challah bread...
Check out Deb's recipe!

 
                 
Contact Deb Filler at debfiller@sympatico.ca