Platform for women at Mates production

MNOLOGUE: Cast of the Vagina Monologues, being presented by Mates on February 14 and 15.
MNOLOGUE: Cast of the Vagina Monologues, being presented by Mates on February 14 and 15.

Birkdale based community theatre group, Mates Theatre Genesis Inc. has joined the international V-day campaign raising awareness of women's issues with three performances of The Vagina Monologues on February 14 and 15.

Created by Eve Ensler, The Vagina Monologues premiered in New York in 1996 as a collection of readings celebrating what it is to be a woman. With humour and grace, the readings explore women's sexuality, strength and diversity.

The award winning play was based on interviews with more than 200 women, and spawned the birth of V-Day, a global activist campaign to end violence towards women and girls. Readings are updated each year, and performances of The Vagina Monologues around the globe, raise funds for the vulnerable in the community.

Directed by Elizabeth Ross, the production will feature Redland women, including some who are new to the stage. Actors include Elise Grieg, Sally McKenzie, Rebecca Riggs and Lucinda Shaw with Brisbane actor Caroline Kennison who will be narrator for the show season.

MATES has provided a platform for women of the Redlands to lend their voice to the international campaign. Proceeds will be donated to the Redlands Centre for Women Inc. whose charter is to empower, educate and connect women.

Shows are at 7.30pm on February 14 and 2pm and 7.30pm on February 15 at the Birkdale School of Arts Hall, 101 Birkdale Road. Tickets are $25 and $20 and can be booked on trybooking.com/book/event?eid=582598

The show is suitable for mature audiences and contains adult themes. More on matestg.org.au