The message of the piece is loud, clear and stale as an old Swiss roll: self-esteem comes from within, not from a mirror reflection. As a side order, Susan Gott, writer and solo performer, manages to get in some sniping about the slimming industry and the money it makes out of fat people's misery.
Writing in a sub-Willy Russell/Alan Bennett style, Gott fails to echo their warmth and wisecracks or to address properly the more complex issues raised by Sally's obesity: why she came to be so large in the first place, and the serious health risks she was creating for herself. Watching and Weighting is all bulk and no substance.
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