Saucy, sassy, shocking! Outrageous vagina tales celebrated Down Under

IT’S been a theatrical phenomenon around the globe and now The Vagina Monologues comes to the Old Mill Theatre, ready to bring a smile to everyone’s lips.

Full of cunning stunts, Eve Ensler’s famed stage production is a searingly funny, sometimes shocking, moving and unashamedly honest exploration of what’s “down there”.

Created from hundreds of interviews with women from all walks of life, Ensler gave them a space to tell stories about their rarely-shared vagina experiences.

Director Megan Burley said The Vagina Monologues moves beyond embarrassment and fear and is an outrageous journey of sultry fun.

“Although the play has been around for almost a decade, I still meet people who have never seen it but want to know what it’s all about,” she said.

The Vagina Monologues is something to be excited about, dripping with female empowerment and the ultimate embodiment of individuality.

“It’s full of potent stories from a range of ages, ethnicities and sexualities, making for a jubilant night at the theatre.”

Burley expects audiences to have a mixed reaction to the subject matter.

“Some people will be provoked, educated, shocked or even confronted but I can guarantee they will have a giggle along the way,” she said.

“I want to create a community of vaginas and take people on a journey, ensuring we match the laughs of each monologue with equivalent respect.”

Introduced to the world of theatre as a three-year-old, Burley’s mother had a travelling puppet theatre that went to day care centres, kindergartens and aged homes.

From there, Burley studied speech and drama and performed in musicals, school concerts, eisteddfods and theatre in a variety ofQueenslandandNew South Walescountry towns andCanberra.

Since moving to WA, she has worked as a stage manager for South Pacific, Fiddler On The Roof and The Beast and The Beauty at the Old Mill Theatre and Oliver at Marloo Theatre.

“I was first exposed to the The Vagina Monologues in 2007 and, since then, the more I talked about the monologues the more layers I found in each story,” Burley said.

“People should come with an open mind to be taken on a journey – and they’re bound to go away with a completely different understanding of vaginas.”

The Vagina Monologues plays at 8pm, August 24, 25, 30, 31, September 1, 5, 6, 7 and 8 with a 2pm matinee August 26. Tickets are $20, $15 concession – book on 9367 8719 or oldmilltheatre@iinet.net.au.

 The heritage-listed Old Mill Theatre is on Mends Street, SouthPerth, opposite the Windsor Hotel and Australia Post.