Bringing women’s stories to life on stage

Cast members of The Vagina Monologues, which will be at the Italo-Australian Club, North Lismore, February 11-13.  Photo Contributed
Cast members of The Vagina Monologues, which will be at the Italo-Australian Club, North Lismore, February 11-13. Photo Contributed Contributed

WITH a mix of deeply moving and hilariously funny - but altogether relatable - pieces, The Vagina Monologues will take you on the journey of a variety of women.

Over three nights a group of local actresses will perform the pieces from the script, released by Eve Ensler originally in 1998 at the Italo-Australian Club in North Lismore as part of V-Day Lismore celebrations and as a benefit for the One Billion Rising for Justice campaign.

V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls that raises funds and awareness through benefit productions of The Vagina Monologues and other artistic works across the world.

Last year over 5,800 V-Day benefits were held around the world raising funds and awareness towards ending violence against women.

These highly successful events raised over $5 million through performances like this one, and Lismore has joined this global movement as part of the V Day 2016 Campaign.

This special benefit performance is presented this year as part of V-Day's campaign One Billion Rising for Justice, a global call for women survivors of violence and those who love them to gather safely in places where they are entitled to justice - courthouses, police stations, government offices, school administration buildings, work places, sites of environmental injustice, military courts, embassies, places of worship, homes, or simply public gathering places where women deserve to feel safe but too often do not - and release their stories through art, dance, marches, ritual, song, spoken word, sit ins, and testimonies.

The Vagina Monologues, which was first performed off-Broadway by Ms Ensler, dives into the mystery, humor, pain, power, wisdom, outrage and excitement buried in women's experiences.

Ms Ensler has performed the play to great acclaim throughout the world - from Zagreb to Santa Barbara, from London to Seattle, from Jerusalem to Oklahoma City.

This production of The Vagina Monologues will be performed by local actors Sharon Brodie, Kylie Fuad, Elyse Knowles, Sarah-Jane Loxton, Crystal Amber, Lisa Walmsley, Beth Hobbs, Rhiannon Montague-Elliott, Amara Bartlett, Marnie Johnston and Jacquie McLeod, at The Italo Club, 36 Barrow Lane, North Lismore on February 11, 12, and 13, starting 6.30pm for dinner and 8pm for the show.

Tickets are $40 including bistro meal and may be purchased online at http://www.trybooking.com/174842 (or reserved) by phoning 66288940.



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