|Review: The Vagina
Although I am not a Vagina
virgin, this week's production at the Lyceum
Theatre, Sheffield, still brought a fresh
approach to Eve Ensler's long-running show.
case of any confusion, I should explain that I'm
talking about The Vagina Monologues, which
replaced the programmed Kiss Me Kate this week.
as the ultimate girls' night out, the audience
was largely composed of women anticipating a good
time - with a handful of slightly
apprehensive-looking men thrown in for good
Ensler's show - first performed by her in the USA
in 1996 and since performed and published in more
than 25 countries - is a 90-minute collection of
soliloquies based on interviews with more than
200 women, including sex workers, college
professors and survivors of Bosnian rape camps -
all exploring the humour, power, pain, outrage
and excitement hidden in vaginas.
show has been performed in the past by actresses
as diverse as Jerry Hall, Miriam Margolyes and
trio taking part at the Lyceum are Su Pollard -
and I have to say I was waiting a little
nervously for her to shout out
"vagi-de-gi" - Ellen Thomas (pictured),
who is probably best known for playing the part
of Liz in Channel 4's Teachers, and recent
Celebrity Big Brother contestant Caprice.
Pollard deservedly got the most laughs at the
performance I attended, but the joy of the show
is how the three performers work together.
black outfits with red feather boas, they gelled
very well together, delivering the
monologuesthat range from side-splittingly
funny to unbearably sad - in their different
performance of a triple orgasm certainly rivalled
THAT famous scene in When Harry Met Sally, while
you could have heard a pin drop during Ellen
Thomas's very moving delivery of the experience
of a victim of the Bosnian rape camps.
the beauty of the show is that the truly
harrowing and distressing tales are interspersed
with very much lighter moments - complete with
audience participation, when we were encouraged
to shout out four-letter slang words not usually
heard in polite society.
Caprice, after a somewhat shaky start, proved
herself a very able performer, entering into the
spirit of the evening with a certain amount of
of The Vagina Monologues help to support V-Day,
which supports projects aimed at ending violence
if it's tears and laughter you are after in a fun
and thoughtful trip to the theatre - supporting a
good cause - I can thoroughly recommend The
Vagina Monologues, which plays until