On 2nd March 2017, at Hamilton House in Bristol, the doors opened to the public at 7pm, ready for the ‘Screening: The Vagina Monologues’.
The Vagina Monologues were written by Eve Ensler, a writer who was – and still is – obsessed with vagina’s. Each year she publishes a new monologue, but still constantly conducts interviews with multitudes of women gaining various views on vagina’s.
I was asked by Ellen Counsell – a connection I made during my time at FEAR – to be a part of her project. Myself and 10 other women performed at least one of the monologues in front of a set cameras, allowing the project to be fashioned for the screen.
The monologue I was given was ‘The Little Coochi Snorcher That Could’; a powerful monologue dictating a young girl’s life through memories from the age of 5 and 16, explaining events that occurred to her such as injury, rape, and a politically incorrect salvation. It was a text that I was in no way used to reading, let alone performing, making the entire experience an eye opening one at the least, especially with acting for the screen being a new step in my performing history also.
The event was created to raise awareness and money for the charity ‘Wish’, which supports those who have been victims of rape and abuse.
The overall reception was small but well received, causing me to be quite emotional by the end of the screening. It was such a daring, new moment in my performing career, and I would honestly love to pursue in more charitable events such as these in the future.