The Vagina Monologues, subtitled "An Anthropological Exploration", reveals a series of different women's stories and experiences involving their genitalia. The material was gathered from hundreds of intimate interviews, conducted by Ensler, in which women were asked probing questions such as "If it (your vagina) could talk, what would it say?".
The production ran for over a year in the West End and was nominated for the 2002 Olivier Award for Best Entertainment. During the West End run, the production featured regularly refreshed three-strong companies, which have included stars such as Ruthie Henshall, Jerry Hall, Pam Ferris, Jenny Eclair, Maureen Lipman, Mariella Frostrup, Dannii Minogue, Kika Markham, Meera Syal, Sophie Dahl and Anita Dobson.
Every performance of The Vagina Monologues donates a portion of ticket sales to the V-day fund, that provides charitable aid to women and girls who have been victims of abuse and violence. Since May 2001, the current production has donated in excess of £130,000 to local charities.
Following Taunton, The Vagina Monologues will visit Truro, Toquay, Bristol, Ipswich, Tunbridge Wells, Chatham, Jersey, Harlow, Catford, Newbury, Bury St Edmonds, Radlett, Derby, Bradford, York, Kings Lynn, Swansea, Darlington, Southhampton, Cambridge, Swindon, Bath, Belfast, Buxton, Bracknell, Wellingborough, Cheltenham and Worcester.
- by Sarah Beaumont