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Saturday 21 February 2004
The Vagina Monologues
The cast (source: Cumbrian Newspapers)
The cast - list below (photo: Cumbrian newspapers)

Brash, controversial, witty and now the Vagina Monologues is in Cumbria.

Natalie Mace went along to review the production by Cockermouth Amateur Dramatic Society.


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In photo, from left to right:
Liz Fitton
Maureen Laurie
Becky Musto
Louise Dixon
Gwen Hotson
Joan Thompson
Front: Jill Roper

V Day
• Badge sales go towards the V Day Movement which helps to raise money for domestic violence.
• At the last performance in Cockermouth the CAD raised £700.
• V Day is Valentine's Day and will continue until the violence stops.

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CADS are performing The Vagina Monologues again in Keswick on 28 & 29 February but both shows have already sold out.

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While the production may have lost some of its shock value, the subject matter still caused enough of a stir to leave an audience of 200 women and 10 men in the Stanwix Arts Theatre excited to hear more.

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The six sisters were doing it for themselves from the beginning with a fully comprehensive run-through of colourful pseudonyms for the vagina - just within Cumbria. Do differences in slang words for 'vagina' really differ from Flimby to Maryport?

No stone was left unturned, no crevice left unexplored, in the inexorable march toward female (and maybe male) self-enlightenment.

Seated on bar stools in a semicircle, the six members of the Cockermouth Amateur Dramatic Society regaled scripts from interviews conducted by the American Eve Ensler, with hundreds of other sisters.

They began with a tale of discovery. Liz Fitton's 72-year-old woman had difficulty examining herself because of crippling arthritis, and thus likened herself to a cellar; dark and damp as "no one ever goes down there!".

R U A Bob?

The 'Bob' monologue tickled the audience as Gwen Hotson described the hero of the title, the man who wanted to look at her vagina. Why would a man want to stare at my red leather couch? For over an hour he used it to define her personality in such detail he may as well have been reading her palm. Badges asking R U A BOB?, Be my Bob or for the men "I'm a Bob" sold out during the interval.

But there was sensitivity among the soul-searching. The lights dimmed blue as Becky Musto portrayed a Bosnian rape victim. She described how her vagina used to be like fields of green while her alter ego Louise Dixon sat shrouded in shadow and spoke candidly of the sexual abuse she received from soldiers.

Oh yeah

The climax of the evening was delivered in a memorable When Harry Met Sally mock-up. The Groan Monologue was depicted in a variety of moans for different, shall we say, occasions?

Liz Fitton was brilliant at her pre-O, post-O and the 'Elvis' groan. She showed considerable restraint unlike many of her fellow actors who couldn't help cracking up at this point.

And the moral of the story? Compere Jill Roper insisted the clitoris has twice the number of nerves than the penis so,"why have a gun when you can have a semi automatic?"

Written by Natalie Mace

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