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.
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 Carriageway of A11 closed after air ambulance called to crash
- 2 Drink driving teacher crashed into church wall with baby in car
- 3 Michael Bublé concert bans chairs and blankets from gig
- 4 Man dies after collapsing during dog walk in Norfolk village
- 5 7 of the prettiest villages in north Norfolk
- 6 Norwich Airport TUI flight delayed by 42 hours
- 7 Fire crews called to vehicle blaze on A47
- 8 A47 reopens after serious crash near Swaffham
- 9 11 indulgent spa getaways in East Anglia
- 10 Investigations continuing after man suffers serious injuries in crash
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.