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Vagina Monologues at City Hall
HIT show The Vagina Monologues will be performed at Salisbury City Hall on tomorrow.
Written by celebrated New York playwright Eve Ensler almost 20 years ago, the showdraws together more than 200 interviews with women about their experiences of love, sex, abuse and sexuality.
The show has featured many well-known names since Ensler performed it as a onewoman showin 1996. Actor Diane Keen, 66, who has starred in shows including Doctors and The Ruth Rendell Mysteries brings experience from a career of 40 years to the performance.
Terri Dwyer, 39, shot to fame in teen soap Hollyoaks then went on to a successful career as an ITV daytime presenter.
Hollie-Jay Bowes is the youngest member of the cast at 24. She is best known for her feisty characters Michaela McQueen in Hollyoaks and Dawn O’Malley in Grange Hill.
Keen said: “There are certain shows that have become iconic and tour all over with a huge following. It’s something actors want to be part of. I’m tickled pink I was asked.
“What you have to remember is that these are real stories from real people. There is a level of pathos, as well as incredible humour.”
The Vagina Monologues is more risqué in its subject than most mainstream plays but it is hailed as the ultimate girls’ night out thanks to its celebration of womanhood and its use of clever humour, although there are some extremely sad and emotive tales.
And the cast encourage men to come along too. Keen said: “It’s there for everybody. If men come and see us you do take your hat off to them because most of the audience is women.”
All three actresses hope to continue to support and raise awareness about the plight of women around the world, such as backing the V-Day movement, founded by Ensler to raise money for projects to end violence against women.
Dwyer said: “It would be wonderful to see The Vagina Monologues in countries where women are oppressed – wouldn’t that be real liberation?”
* For tickets call 01722 434434 or go to cityhallsalisbury.co.uk.
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