Following my interviews with Rose (An interview with Rose Cooper, director of VDAY CENTRAL COAST 2017) and Polly (An interview with Pollyanna Forshaw, “The Vagina Monologues” cast member.), here is another perspective, this time from the point of view of a newcomer to “The Vagina Monologues”.
I asked Carol Campbell to share her impressions as a cast member joining the show for the first time. Here’s what she had to say:
“I first learned about the movement through a business associate who does acting locally. I think it’s important because I think every women has the right to live safely and free from any kind of violence, violence that destroys families health and communities. The VDay movement has raised funds and awareness, helped save lives, and the funds have helped keep women’s shelters open , provided help in rape crisis centres.
“VDay has helped to change laws to protect women so much. For me, that means a safer world for women and girls. I have 2 daughters, and I would like to think they will never have to worry about violence towards them.
“This is my first time on stage, but I was prompted to try out for this as I have wanted to act all my life, and the vagina monologues seemed most appropriate as I am very passionate about looking after women. I feel really excited about joining the production and a little nervous; I did not realise how in depth some of the monologues were or how serious they are. It wasn’t what I expected, but it’s even better than I imagined it. My involvement with VDay has been such an education; I had not thought past domestic violence. I had no idea there was such awful violence against women through war and culture. I think the monologue called my vagina my village is particularly moving and very sad.
“It’s been a great education to work with all the other women in the show, working with like-minded beautiful women, raising awareness and funds for a safer world. I hope the audience is moved by these amazing women’s stories.”
I’m sure it will be, Carol. Thank you for sharing your experience with us. – Ed.
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