Vagina Monologues, Norwich
JOHN LAWSON The air of expectancy was tangible, the noise level incredible, as the Theatre Royal audience awaited the arrival of the latest three actresses prepared to lay it on the line about “down there”.
The air of expectancy was tangible, the noise level incredible, as the Theatre Royal audience awaited the arrival of the latest three actresses prepared to lay it on the line about “down there”.
The thin smattering of men in the full-house, first-night audience kept a low profile. Or maybe it was simply that the atmosphere of the place was helping the usually reserved British female – and all ages were represented – to open up to their fellow woman about their bodies.
Eve Ensler's questioned hundreds of females about that most feminine part of their anatomy, producing much to amuse but more importantly, much for men – and women – to ponder and from which to learn.
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This was no male-bashing exercise – I felt educated and enlightened rather than threatened or ridiculed.
Actresses have been queuing up to join the line-up of stars to feel the liberation of the performance. In Norwich they are joined by the earthy Rula Lenska. She is joined by Tilly Blackwood and Jenny Jules. They sit on stools in front of a huge sparkling V to retell the women's stories.
- 1 'An insult to the city': Couple ditch 'hellhole' hotel after 45 minutes
- 2 Travellers camped at garden centre car park
- 3 Road cleared after overturned lorry on A47/A11 Thickthorn roundabout
- 4 Ex-head charged with sex attacks on boys at Norfolk school
- 5 Tattoo studio owner fined after refusing to close in lockdown
- 6 RSPCA shop loses more than £1,000 after 'slamming scam'
- 7 Man arrested on suspicion of murder after woman found dead in flat
- 8 Elton John to kick off UK leg of farewell tour at Carrow Road
- 9 Historic railway platform building could be demolished in station revamp
- 10 Homes evacuated in village after man threatens criminal damage
Lenska's analysis of the orgasmic moan is achingly funny. But amid the light-hearted moments, there were harrowing stories of the ritual mutilation of girls in African cultures, the loss of innocence of the abused child and the eloquence of a Bosnian rape camp victim.