In September 2019, TTT collaborated with Stagecoach Productions to present The Vagina Monologues as a fundraiser for agencies working against family violence.
Charity fundraiser to support victims of family violence
You are invited to join us for a night of entertainment whilst supporting the vital services that Bethany Community Support provide to victims of family violence in the Geelong region.
TTT is teaming up with Stagecoach Productions who are bringing their Melbourne show “The Vagina Monologues” to Torquay for two nights only
13th & 14th of September.
The total cost of your $30 ticket purchase goes straight to Bethany Community Support.
Vagina Monologues author Eve Ensler is on a mission to stop violence against women and her play is challenging, emotional but ultimately uplifting. The monologues are based on real stories from interviews of over 200 women, they are confronting, funny, poignant and heartwarming, honouring the courage of women.
*Drinks from the TTT bar at the member discount price of $3
*Supper with the cast and director after the show
*Plus, you will be providing valuable support to women and children experiencing family violence
Come along and have a great night out and support a very worthy cause.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Did you know that The Vagina Monologues are based on real stories from interviews with over 200 women? The monologues are confronting, funny, poignant and heart-warming: honouring the courage of women.
Photographs and Stagecoach report (plus a review from Entertainment Geelong) below.
Empowering Theatre helps excellent cause
The Vagina Monologues directed by Zina Carman for Stagecoach Productions. Price St Theatre, Torquay, September 13, 2019.
The first Vagina Monologues play took place 20 years ago and since then, the play has gone world-wide, having been performed in 140 countries and translated into 48 languages.
That information came from the programme’s opening paragraph.
This reprise production was aimed at raising money for local charities working to end violence against women, which currently, director Zina Carmen informed in a short welcoming speech, sees Australian women murdered at a rate of more than one a week.
The production’s aim was to raise $10,000 over two weekends, staged in Melbourne and Torquay.
It was hardly surprising, given the show’s title, content, and that published charity, that this first night played to a mostly female, hugely supportive audience.
But I’m certain that those few men who had accompanied their partners to Torquay’s opening night would have been as appreciative as this reviewer.
Because this Vagina Monologues was excellent on many levels. Its content was consistently powerful. It was, in turn, interesting, informative, shocking, humorous and deeply moving. It’s presentation, by three smart adult white female actors was delivered with rare skill. It’s smooth, unsensational staging and matter-of-fact language, combined with that theatrical expertise, added impact to what was essentially a series of women’s stories told in short monologues.
For this was a play that delivered exactly what its title declared.
American writer Eve Ensler had interviewed 200 women in the late 1990s asking them a series of questions about a socially taboo subject – their own vaginas. Some queries were insightful, some were, ahem, probing, others were frivolous, like ‘if your vagina was to wear clothes, what would be its style?’
The elicited answers, tidied and edited, made up the play’s content. They were delivered, in character, by actors Sharon Corbier, Phillippa Adgemis and Roberta Reed-Stewart. Each was dressed in basic black, and each donned shoes to assume their (unnamed) characters.
Some were downright funny, like Roberta’s 72-year-old who hadn’t looked at her vagina for decades ‘there’s nothing interesting going on down there..’
Others, like Phillippa’s Bosnian refugee who had suffered weeks of military rape as part of Kosovo’s ‘ethnic cleansing’ were harrowing and received in pin-drop silence.
Few were as surprising as Sharon’s stilletto-booted sex-worker whose mission in life was explicit – and truly unusual.
All were fascinating, without exception. As were the background facts and statistics that linked segments.
Director Zina Carman’s decision to present the original play, without updates, showed its lasting impact as well as highlighting the lack of progress in many areas of gender equality. So many issues were intertwined with myths surrounding women’s sexual organs.
You’ll notice that I’ve kept this show’s content deliberately vague. This is not from coyness. It’s because I recommend you go see this show, and I don’t want to give away too many of its surprises.
The Vagina Monologues stands as an excellent piece of adult theatre on a well-known but seldom-aired subject – and this production supports a very worthy charity.
The show’s healthy first-night audience would have meant that the producer’s $10,000 target was reachable.
You can contribute to this – and enjoy a first-rate piece of theatre – by catching tonight’s final performance. It’s heartily recommended for adults.
– Colin Mockett