As Deb Filler bakes a loaf of golden challah bread to her father's cherished recipe on stage, she fills us in, with equally warm wit, on her complicated relationships with food and family in a skinny society. The delicious aroma of this traditional, sacred bread will waft out into the Assembly Rooms foyer and entice audiences into sharing the funny and life-affirming experience that is FILLER UP! - they even get to take the recipe away in the programme!
Born in New Zealand into a family of bakers weighing "six and a half loaves and a Chelsea bun", Deb was caught between her Holocaust survivor father who hated waste, and her fanatically fad-dieting mother. Her move to the US did nothing to help her battle with the bulge, as she tried to reconcile her reverence for good food and the need to find success in the body-obsessed entertainment industry (first role: Pudgy Earthquake Victim).
Filler Up!! is a truly hilarious, piping hot tale of coming to terms with food and feelings that keep us down and fill us up, eating and overeating, living and over-living. Deb Filler brings her whole colourful extended family to life, from laconic Long Island Aunt Vippy, to loving but unhelpful mother (spending all morning in the supermarket planning meals then going on the Scarsdale Diet), to the black radical activist girlfriend rapping how much she loves her ass just the way it is. Most of all, she introduces us to her beloved, dignified dad who, having suffered the unimaginable, baked bread after the liberation of the camps with his former captors to save them all from starving.
Deb Filler has been described as 'Tracey Ullman meets Jackie Mason', and is best known for her previous one-woman show Punch Me In the Stomach!