The Vagina Monologues is a play written by the American writer and actor Eve Ensler who was inspired by interviews with hundreds of women worldwide in her research, and who originally performed all the monologues herself in a compelling one-woman show.
Despite the rather confronting title, The Vagina Monologues is spellbinding, funny and at times incredibly moving. The project is designed to be equal parts entertaining, informative and empowering – and above all, to send a strong message about violence against women.
The Vagina Monologues was first staged in 1996 at the Westside Theatre in New York. Charles Isherwood of The New York Times called it “probably the most important piece of political theater of the last decade.”
The Vagina Monologues is made up of several monologues selected from dozens written by Eve Ensler over the years. Each monologue deals with an aspect of the feminine experience, touching on matters such as sex, love, rape, menstruation, orgasm and birth.
Recurring themes throughout the show are the vagina as a tool of female empowerment, the ultimate embodiment of individuality, and that violence against women should never be condoned.
FAMDA staged this thought-provoking production at the Foster War Memorial Arts Centre, 9-24 March 2017, in the lead up to the 2017 Prom Coast Seachange Festival. Staged with the permission of Creative Artists Agency.
Director – Brad Beach
Set Design – Colin Mitchell
Production Manager – Kay Lancefield
Stage Manager – Tania Pell
Lighting Design and Operation – Andrew Oldroyd
Costume Design – Colin Mitchell
Make-up Design – Tania Pell
Set Construction – Peter Clyne, Graeme Green and Men’s Shed Crew, Ben Cooper, Andrew Oldroyd
Set Painting – Colin Mitchell, Arie Bos
Front of House Manager – Edwin Coad
Venue Box Office – Jennifer Paragreen, Noel Stringer
Photography – Robert Paragreen, Ben Cooper
Publicity, Marketing and Programme – Jennifer Paragreen
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