The Vagina Monologues
When Eve Ensler first conceived The Vagina Monologues (sorry, pun not intended) could she have imagined the success it would be?
This little play, which started out as a vague idea in one woman's head, has stormed audiences from Jerusalem to New York, to Norwich.
Why? Because it reinvents that horrible word 'vagina', making it sound attractive rather than faintly medical and unappealing? Perhaps.
Or, because we love to see a taboo explode on stage before us? Maybe.
Or then again, because the stories Ensler collected and turned into monologues came from real people revealing things about themselves which were funny, true and often poignant? Almost certainly.
- 1 Pub transformed into 'breathtaking' family home for sale for almost £1m
- 2 Man accidentally downloaded indecent images of children, court hears
- 3 Delays expected with A47 to close in both directions for 15 miles
- 4 Family 'increasingly concerned' about missing Beccles woman
- 5 Man had cocaine hidden in car when stopped by police
- 6 Here are the new Covid travel rules which begin today
- 7 Flood alert on the Broads due to high water levels
- 8 Chef reopens historic Norwich coffee shop with roasts on the menu too
- 9 Norse chief executive quits for personal reasons
- 10 Trains cancelled after lorry crashes into bridge
The point is that this collage of female experiences seems to pull us all together, and unusually for an event of this kind, it doesn't cut men out of the equation, or turn them into monsters.
The last time I saw the show it was at the Arts Theatre in London with Miriam Margoyles. And it's been a vehicle for a whole host of stars since then.
This line-up of relative unknowns (Abi Roberts, Annette McLaughlin and Jan Shepherd) were a bit bawdier than the last gang I saw, but packed just as much punch!