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February 01, 2006

The Vagina Monologues

The Vagina Monologues…is about Vaginas!

Now I may have been slightly naive and foolish to think that it would be about anything else right?! To be honest, I was just expecting monolgues about realtionships, men, sex, love etc – but basically, the main theme is VAGINAS.

It was the opening night at the Birmingham Hippodrome last night, and Nina Wadia, Michelle Collins and Anneka Rice walked onto the stage – scripts in hands! I was a bit put off at first, wondering why they hadn’t rehearsed the play and learnt their lines, but as soon as the show started I realised that there was no way that the actresses could be expected to remember everything they had to say!

As well as the individual monologues, there was discussion amongst the women: “If your Vagina could speak, what would it say?”, “What would your Vagina wear?”. The writer of the Vagina Monologues has interviewed thousands of women about their vaginas and everyone has a different view!

There was also an interesting Vagina fact that I will share with you all – it was referred to as the ClitFact. There are apparently 8000 nerves in the Vagina – twice as many as in the male penis!

As well as being very funny, blunt (and at times slightly embrassing), the Vagina Monologues also had a very serious side. One of the monologues focused on female genital mutilation and abuse and another was about a young girl who had been raped. The audience fell silent. The Vagina Monologues initiated V-Day – a global movement to stop violence against women that has gained the endorsement of many prominent female figures.

But back onto the humorous side of the Vagina Monologues, it was very amusing to watch Nina Wadia fake a triple orgasm on stage – and I was a bit worried about some of the men in the audience! I was expecting the audience to be mostly women – but there were a few brave men there who i’m sure enjoyed the show and I think they will be better off knowing what they now know about women and their vaginas!

The show runs until the 4th February

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My name is Ellie Lovell and I am the Web Editor in the Communications Office at the University of Warwick.

I started this blog in August 2005 when I started working at the University and have learnt a lot from it. I don’t update it so much anymore (I have been unfaithful to WarwickBlogs) but I hope you enjoy what is here…

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