Vagina Monologues return

IPSWICH identity Patricia Petersen is set to bring internationally-acclaimed production The Vagina Monologues back to the city.

The former Beauty and the Beast panellist and current political hopeful will direct, produce and act in the production when it comes to the Ipswich Civic Centre on February 20 next year.

Ms Petersen said while the cast typically included 33 performers, she hoped that next year’s would feature close to 100 local women.

“We have already had a number of professional actors send us their CVs, but we are also looking for women who perhaps have never been on stage before and like the idea of getting up in front of a crowd,” Ms Petersen said.

“The main roles will be filled by professionals, but we have so many group roles we need a host of amateurs to fill.”

The evening will be run as a fundraiser for V-Day, a global movement aimed at stopping violence against women and girls.

“Funds raised will go towards Zonta and improving the lives of local women and girls,” Ms Petersen said.

Originally produced in 1996 in New York, the popular performance piece comprises a series of monologues dealing with sex, love, rape and birth and this version features music by Midnight Oil’s Rob Hirst.

The Riverview resident said while the play may come with a warning of adult themes, it was not intended to offend, but instead to empower.

“Either the first reaction is to laugh or to think it sounds risqué. They think it is like Puppetry of the Penis,” Ms Petersen said.

“I think uniformly Australians, and Ipswich people in general, are pretty laid back and have a great sense of humour.”

She denied it was an inappropriate move for a future politician to make and said it was a highly respected play which was held in high regard in the arts community.

Aspiring performers can contact Ms Petersen on 0418 470 605.

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