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The Vagina Monologues will be returning to Lancaster University this February in tradition of the V-Day campaign held by Lancaster University’s Students’ Union (LUSU).
V-Day is an organised campaign against the maltreatment of women.
The show is a series of monologues, created by Eve Ensler, based on interviews with a diverse range of women, and has been running at the University for a number of years now. This year sees the biggest show so far, with a cast of thirty three women.
Matt Saint, LUSU Vice President (Equality, Welfare & Diversity), commented on how The Vagina Monologues “raises awareness of many different women’s issues, such as rape, sexual awakening and oppression, but it is also a celebration of womanhood.”
This year, the campaign has chosen to support a Lancashire-based Safe Centre which works to help rape survivors. Along with this, Saint said “the campaign will be raising money for The Vagina Monologues, as well as local women’s charities.”
Jennifer Grayson, the director of the performance, said that directing it for the past two years has been “eye opening.”
“This year we are pushing out all the stops to make this the best year for The Vagina Monologues” she added, “we have an amazingly diverse cast and a fantastic team and directing has been nothing put a pleasure.”
In terms of the performance itself, Saint said that some people may be “apprehensive” about coming to watch it, but “it is such an incredibly eye opening and enjoyable experience to watch a piece of theatre that is so real and vibrant,”
going on to say that the show “effectively raises the profile of women’s equality and liberation.”
The Vagina Monologues will be taking place in the Nuffield Theatre on February 12th, 13th and 14th.