Get ready as The Vagina Monologues comes to St Albans.
The episodic play was written by Eve Ensler in 1996 and premiered in New York before being performed worldwide. Ensler wrote the piece to "celebrate the vagina". Ensler states that in 1998, the purpose of the piece changed from a celebration of vaginas and femininity to a movement to stop violence against women. This was the start of the V-Day movement, which has continued strong every year since, has turned into a worldwide phenomenon, and a very successful non-profit organization.
St Albans Museum & Gallery will host the first St Albans vday.org performance, with all local women performing the monologues for free, including Radio Verulam's very own Kerry Cobb and Lady Jen, along with women from local businesses such as Sherrards Solicitors and My Mustard.
The play explores consensual and nonconsensual sexual experiences, body image, genital mutilation, direct and indirect encounters with reproduction, vaginal care, menstrual periods, sex work and several other topics through the eyes of women with various ages, races, sexualities, and other differences. Please note there is very strong language throughout.
Every penny raised will go to vday.org and the St Albans & Hertsmere Womens Refuge.
If you haven't got a date for Valentine's Day - come and watch this. If you have, bring your date too!