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The Vagina Monologues at the Richmond Theatre

Published by: Carolin Kopplin on 2nd Dec 2012 | View all blogs by Carolin Kopplin

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I can’t do this. I can’t talk about down there.

Considered a celebration of female sexuality and the bible for a new generation of women, Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues has been performed in cities all across America and around the world. It has inspired a dynamic grassroots movement--V-Day--to stop violence against women. Witty and irreverent, compassionate and wise, this intriguing play was based on interviews with over 200 women about their memories and experiences of sexuality. “At first women were reluctant to talk," Ensler writes. "They were a little shy. But once they got going, you couldn't stop them."

Clare Buckfield, Vicky Entwistle and Hayley Tamaddon toured with the latest production of this play. It was advertised as “The Ultimate Girls Night Out” and a girls’ night out it was, there were hardly any men present. The play is a mix of comedy and tragedy and there should, of course, be plenty of laughs. However, it is possible to make the audience laugh without being completely over the top. The show was mostly performed as broad comedy with Vicky Entwistle shouting “My vagina is angry” across the auditorium. There were a few quiet and intense moments when the subject turned serious. When Clare Buckfield recited the monologue based on an interview with a woman from Bosnia - “My vagina was my village” - without any fake sentimentality, this was very powerful indeed. But the humour was too broad for my taste and the exaggerated American accents did not help. Sometimes less is more.

By Carolin Kopplin 

The tour has now ended. 

Comments

2 Comments

  • Cameron Lowe
    by Cameron Lowe 5 years ago
    Thanks, Carolin. Fair comment, I think. Mind you, it was difficult for me to take an objective view as I was one of 5 people in the audience with a Y chromosome!
  • Carolin Kopplin
    by Carolin Kopplin 5 years ago
    To be quite honest, I found it very repetitive. It needs to be short - without an interval - and to the point. There is only so much you can say about vaginas.
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