|Review: The Vagina
Glamour girl Caprice has
always been popular with the boys - but this week
she's attracting the attention of scores of
model-turned-actress had theatregoers rolling in
the aisles as one of the stars of The Vagina
Monologues at Sheffield's Lyceum Theatre.
award-winning show, which mixes outrageous
belly-laughs with poignant tales of women's
triumph and adversity, is making its third
appearance in the city.
girls' night at the Lyceum...but that doesn't
mean the boys can't come along for the ride too!
Alright, the hen party atmosphere does mean that
some of the gags get laughs they don't really
deserve but that's not to say that much of the
material isn't extremely funny.
Ensler's long-running celebration of the female
body is neither as outrageous nor as
controversial as it would like to think it is but
its' heart, not to mention the other bit, is in
the right place.
of the stories, with a mainly American slant and
just a few local references thrown into keep the
home crowd happy, are light-hearted and the one
real shift in emphasis, a harrowing piece of
testimony from a Bosnian rape victim, movingly
presented by Ellen Thomas, sits uncomfortably,
and probably quite deliberately so, alongside the
more general 'learn to love your vagina' feel
comes as no surprise that Su Pollard gets the
majority of the laughs - she's the most
spontaneous of the trio and brings the house down
with a triple orgasm that would even leave Meg
Ryan breathless with admiration at the sheer
enthusiasm and vigour of it all.
the evening's most pleasant surprise is
supermodel and all-round celebrity Caprice, who
demonstrates a lively and engaging stage
presence, her almost alien beauty working
extremely well in relation to the earthy, bawdy
tone of the night.
the time she's got a full house cheerfully
breaking the last taboo and hollering out the 'C'
word, you can tell she's enjoying the experience,
sending herself up and throwing herself into the
audience participation with the sort of abandon
that suggests those rumours she might be doing
pantomime this Christmas may be true after all!