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The Vagina Monologues

Written by Eve Ensler
Directed by Cheryl Douglas

21 Feb 2008 to 22 Feb 2008
Bristol Folk House

23 Feb 2008
QEH Theatre, Bristol

20 Feb 2009 to 21 Feb 2009
Alma Tavern Theatre, Bristol

28 Feb 2009
Teign Ward, Froomside Hospital

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'The Vagina Monologues' by American playwright Eve Ensler has been a theatrical phenomenon for the last ten years. Every year there are hundreds of productions around the world which take place during the January - March period as part of a global campaign aimed at ending violence and abuse against women and girls. It is called the 'V - Day Campaign' and over the last decade it has raised many millions of pounds for charities which help women fleeing domestic abuse, support rape victims, or offer crisis counselling and other such services to women.

The script is based on interviews with many women of different ages, ethnicities and backgrounds which the author Eve Ensler conducted over the course of many years. These women talked frankly to her about their experiences of love, sex, childbirth and abuse, about being mothers and daughters, about being victims of sexual violence. Eve Ensler condensed the many weeks of interviews down into a riveting, exhilarating, passionate and hilarious piece of theatre about what it is to be a woman.

All proceeds from this production went towards the following Bristol charities -
Bristol Crisis Service for Women
NOVAS project for women seeking refuge from domestic violence
Avon Sexual Abuse Centre
Womankind - Bristol Women's Therapy Centre

This production set a new Box Office record for Stepping Out Theatre by selling out the QEH Theatre (220 people) and helped us to raise a considerable sum for our four nominated charities.

2009 Production

This production was revived in 2009 again raising money for local Bristol charities.

Although performed at a smaller venue than the 2008 productions, it's three productions were completely sold out. A special performance for women staff and patients at Fromeside Hospital was performed on February 28th 2009.

Proceeds from the 2009 production went to -

Bristol Crisis Service for Women
Next Link Housing and Domestic Abuse Service
Avon Sexual Abuse Centre
Womankind - Bristol Women's Therapy Centre


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Cast

2008 Production

Jane Flood - Introduction
Francine Bradshaw - Hair
Chorus - The 'Wear and Say' Lists
Pameli Benham - The Flood
Jan Prior - The Vagina Workshop
Laura Bennett - Vagina Happy Fact
Rosemary Gamsa - Because He Liked to Look At It
Laura Bennett - Not-So-Happy Fact
Marie Buchannon - My Angry Vagina
Patsi Braddock - Sword Dance
Jane Flood / Karine Butchart - My Vagina Was My Village
Karine Butchart - Dance
Rosie Moreno-Parra - The Little Coochi Snorcher That Could
Laura Bennett - Outrageous Vagina Fact
Lee Bridie - My Short Skirt
Jane Peters - Tabla Solo Dance
Jane Flood - Reclaiming Cunt
Lee Brodie - A six-year-old girl was asked . .
Betty Bruiser - The Woman Who Loved to Make Vaginas Happy
Betty Bruiser - Burlesque Dance
Claire Mackinnon - I Was There In the Room

Chorus - Patsi Braddick, Jane Peters, Lee Brodie, Gill Amphlett, Francine Bradshaw, Pat Wright, Victoria Kayizzi, Laura Bennett, Emma Connor

2009 Production

Amanda Brown and Alison Fairlove - Introduction
Li Sah Stuart - Hair
Chorus - The 'Wear and Say' Lists
Pamela Benham - The Flood
Lucy Whittle - The Vagina Workshop
Chris Harmer - Vagina Happy Fact
Olivia Dennis - Because He Liked to Look At It
Gill Amphlett - Not-So-Happy Fact
Alison Fairlove - Say It
Charlie Ekpaloba and Louise Lordan - My Angry Vagina
Jane Peters and Marina Moreno - Dance
Eva Feiler and Sophie Stoddart - My Vagina Was My Village
Amanda Brown and Alison Fairlove - Song
Nadia Williams - The Little Coochi Snorcher That Could
Gill Amphlett - Outrageous Vagina Fact
Jane Flood - Reclaiming Cunt
Wenche Torrissen - Baptised
Chris Harmer and Amanda Brown - A six-year-old girl was asked . .
Amanda Brown - The Woman Who Loved to Make Vaginas Happy
Shirley Wright - I Was There In the Room

Chorus - Gill Amphlett, Pat Wright, Ann Wilson, Ann O'Reilly, Li Sah Stuart, Charlie Ekpaloba, Louise Lordan, Chris Harmer

Crew

2008 Production

Director - Cheryl Douglas
Set and Graphic Design - Ann Stiddard
Lighting Design - Tim Bartlett
Technician - Martin Lee
Producer - Steve Hennessy

2009 Production

Director - Cheryl Douglas
Set and Graphic Design - Ann Stiddard
Lighting Design - Anthony Dunn
Technician - Martin Lee
Producer - Steve Hennessy
Photography - Jose Navarro
Assistant Producer - Judith Claypole


Contact

Stepping Out Theatre
19 Webb Court, Park Road
Shirehampton
Bristol BS11 0FH

Registered charity - 1117912

e. info@steppingouttheatre.co.uk
m. 07790 980688

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