Saturday, August 18th, 2012
IT’S been a theatrical phenomenon around the globe and now The Vagina Monologues comes to the Old Mill Theatre, ready to bring a smile to everyone’s lips.

Full of cunning stunts, Eve Ensler’s famed stage production is a searingly funny, sometimes shocking, moving and unashamedly honest exploration of what’s “down there”.

Created from hundreds of interviews with women from all walks of life, Ensler gave them a space to tell stories about their rarely-shared vagina experiences.

Director Megan Burley said The Vagina Monologues moves beyond embarrassment and fear and is an outrageous journey of sultry fun.

“Although the play has been around for almost a decade, I still meet people who have never seen it but want to know what it’s all about,” she said.

The Vagina Monologues is something to be excited about, dripping with female empowerment and the ultimate embodiment of individuality.

“It’s full of potent stories from a range of ages, ethnicities and sexualities, making for a jubilant night at the theatre.”

Burley expects audiences to have a mixed reaction to the subject matter.

“Some people will be provoked, educated, shocked or even confronted but I can guarantee they will have a giggle along the way,” she said.

“I want to create a community of vaginas and take people on a journey, ensuring we match the laughs of each monologue with equivalent respect.”

Introduced to the world of theatre as a three-year-old, Burley’s mother had a travelling puppet theatre that went to day care centres, kindergartens and aged homes.

From there, Burley studied speech and drama and performed in musicals, school concerts, eisteddfods and theatre in a variety of Queensland and New South Wales country towns and Canberra.

Since moving to WA, she has worked as a stage manager for South Pacific, Fiddler On The Roof and The Beast and The Beauty at the Old Mill Theatre and Oliver at Marloo Theatre.

“I was first exposed to the The Vagina Monologues in 2007 and, since then, the more I talked about the monologues the more layers I found in each story,” Burley said.

“People should come with an open mind to be taken on a journey – and they’re bound to go away with a completely different understanding of vaginas.”

The Vagina Monologues plays at 8pm, August 24, 25, 30, 31, September 1, 5, 6, 7 and 8 with a 2pm matinee August 26.

Tickets are $20, $15 concession – book on (08) 9367 8719 or [email protected]

The heritage-listed Old Mill Theatre is on Mends Street, South Perth, opposite the Windsor Hotel and Australia Post. More information is available at

VM-1-2: Jennifer McGrath, back left, Sinéad Bevan, Nicole Pearce, Cicely Binford, Jessica Russell and Laila Gampfer, back right, are ready to embrace tales of “down below” in The Vagina Monologues.

VM-3: Jessica Russell, Jennifer McGrath, Nicole Pearce (at front) and Cicely Binford, Sinéad Bevan and Laila Gampfer (at back) are appearing in The Vagina Monologues this August and September.

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The Old Mill Theatre

South Perth's Old Mill Theatre is fortunate to be operating out of one of the most historic buildings in South Perth. It was opened in 1899 as a Mechanics' Institute Hall. The South Perth Council purchased the building in 1913 and renamed it the Mends Street Hall. The council still owns the building, and supports our use of it.

The building first became a home of theatre in 1948, when the South Perth Dramatic Society moved in. The name Old Mill Theatre was first used in 1958, and the company was incorporated in 1959. In 2009, the theatre celebrated its 60th anniversary.

A number of significant changes to the building have occurred over the past few years, with major extensions completed in 2002. An understage tunnel, which links two backstage dressing rooms and enables easier access from one side of the stage to the other, was completed in 2008. Bathroom facilities have also been installed backstage as part of this project, which was wholly self-funded.

The Old Mill Theatre is fortunate to have strong support from its local council, the City of South Perth. The city undertook major renovations to the exterior of the building in 2008 and the theatre is looking better now than ever before.
Megan Burley
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