BBC HomeExplore the BBC
This page was last updated in June 2003We've left it here for reference.More information

22 August 2014
Accessibility help
Text only
LiverpoolLiverpool

BBC Homepage
»BBC Local
Liverpool
Things to do
People & Places
Nature
History
Religion & Ethics
Arts and Culture
BBC Introducing
TV & Radio

Sites near Liverpool

Lancashire
Manchester
North East Wales
Stoke

Related BBC Sites

England
 

Contact Us

Like this page?
Send it to a friend!

 

The Vagina Monologues Review: Beverley Hancock
Anita Dobson
Anita Dobson appears in The Vagina Monologues.

Liverpool Empire Theatre

16th - 21st June

Ticketline: 0870 606 3536

Starring Esther MvVey, Jean Boht & Anita Dobson

SEE ALSO
Liverpool stage
WEB LINKS
Liverpool Empire
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external websites.
PRINT THIS PAGE
View a printable version of this page.
get in contact
'The Vagina Monologues' is not a metaphor for women's liberation, radical feminis, or a shock tactic to get bums on seats. The Vagina Monologues, like Ronseal, does exactly what it says on the tin.

The show is a rollercoaster ride of celebration, protestation and discovery. The subject? Women's vaginas.

The collection of monologues began as a series of interviews gathered by New Yorker Eve Ensler. Women were asked questions such as; "If your vagina could get dressed, what would it wear?"

The interviews opened a floodgate as women around the world, from a multitude of backgrounds, told their stories.

The monologues vary from the hilarious and the unbelievable, to the moving and the tragic.

The Vagina Monologues over the years has boasted an impressive cast. Famous names such as Whoopi Goldberg, Kate Winslet and Glenn Close have all appeared in the show.

Whilst the Liverpool cast can't boast Hollywood credits, two are home grown talent and the other had the pleasure of adding lyrics to the Eastender's theme tune!

Anita Dobson, Jean Boht and Ester McVey star in this run of the Vagina Monologues. The cast are seated on stage throughout and play a multitude of roles as the show progresses.

The contrasting personalities of the three women created an excellent rapport on stage and helped to highlight the varying tempos and moods of the differing speeches.

At times I felt Jean Boht difficult to listen to. Not least because someone the age of my grandma talking about orgasms is a little unsettling, but also because her accent seemed to journey across the Atlantic and back during the course of a monologue.

Along with the varying accent, came rising and falling inflection, which meant I sometimes missed the dialogue. That said - Jean tackled the most poignant and disturbing monologue with great accomplishment and sensitivity.

Anita Dobson sailed through Southern American, cockney (obviously!) and the clipped tones of Aristocracy with flair. Anita's performance was engaging, entertaining and had excellent comic timing.

Esther McVey gave a solid performance with good polished delivery and some good characterisation too.

With no set aside from a giant 'V' (need I explain?) and no costume to denote character, the show is entirely reliant on the strength of the cast.

Although I believe there was room for improvement in some performances, the ensemble nature of this piece ensured a great pace, great laughs and a real evening of entertainment. And if you can manage to drag a male along as well - you'll have succeeded where all our audience failed!

The Vagina Monologues is at the Liverpool Empire Theatre for one week only, from Monday 16 - Saturday 21 June.

 




line
Top | Stage Index | Home
fun stuff
ARTS & CULTURE
Architecture Week
Waterfront Weekend
Red and Blue Heroes

film
MESSAGE BOARDS
Capital Of Culture
Football
Quiggins

sport
CONTACT US
BBC Liverpool
P.O Box 95.8
Liverpool
L69 1ZJ
(+44) 0151 708 5500
liverpool@bbc.co.uk



About the BBC | Help | Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookies Policy