THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES PROGRAM
The Vagina Monologues, created by Eve Ensler, was first performed in 1996, and is based on interviews with 200 women. The play, a series of individual monologues and four group pieces, explores consensual and nonconsensual sexual experiences, body image, genital mutilation, direct and indirect encounters with reproduction, vaginal care, menstrual periods, sex work, and several other topics through the eyes of women with various ages, races, sexualities and other differences. For this production, ten local women will present twelve monologues by characters aged from 16 to 72, and four group pieces.
Sharon Brodie has been involved in amateur theatre for the last 25 years, her first role was a sexy German nurse in a Bed full of
Foreigners. Her first directing role was Fawlty Towers for LTC in 2013 and then the independently produced and directed
Ophelia Thinks Harder by Jean Betts in 2015. She also produced The Vagina Monologues in 2013 and 2016 and directed Birthrights by David Williamson in 2017. This show has been a labour of love and she is
excited to have the opportunity to direct The Vagina Monologues this season, leaving the producing to others. It has been a
privilege to work with such amazing actors and crew in a wonderful theatre.
This is Sarah-Jane’s second time in The Vagina Monologues, her last time on the LTC stage was Cosi, and more recently in Lisa Walmsley’s production Theatre Noir. After pushing two large babies out of her vagina, Sarah-Jane found a confidence she had always hoped for. She started out in film before she ventured onto the stage in 2015. Since then she has been involved in several local film and theatre productions and has
developed a real taste for the stage. When not on stage, Sarah-Jane can be found cleaning one, in her role co-managing the Star Court Theatre.
Vaikalafi Tuiono (Sivi) discovered her love for theatre as a high school student when she auditioned as Hecate from Macbeth and was selected as the 2007 winner of the National Regional Bell Shakespeare scholarship competition. Sivi’s first on stage appearance was earlier this year in the LTC production of Witches Abroad as the mysterious voodoo lady ‘Mrs Gogol’. The Vagina Monologues has allowed Sivi the opportunity to inhabit a character that is very different to the strong, dark, mysterious role she has previously performed. Sivi looks forward to showing off more bright, quirky and somewhat strange personality traits!
When Natalie was three she escaped on to the stage a few times at various concerts. It was then decided that maybe dance was a way to channel that inner performer. Natalie has since studied
theatre, drama and dance in Sydney, and recently performed in the Mullumbimby Hot Shorts competition placing 3rd and representing Lismore Theatre Company. Natalie continues her love of theatre always trying to fine tune the art of stagecraft.
Adrienne Megan (Meg) is an avid performer who works to create performance opportunities for local artists while teaching dance, drama and musical theatre throughout the Northern Rivers of NSW. Having
co-founded The Bangalow Theatre Company, Meg helped to manage, direct, choreograph and produce their first three shows, while serving as Committee President. Community minded, Meg now works for the Byron based social arts company Public Act Theatre and produces shows for Circus Arts Australia.
Ajita’s vagina has fruitfully birthed two beautiful babies. She has
thoroughly enjoyed taking her vagina around the country and the world whilst performing for audiences on theatre and circus stages since the 90s. A huge highlight for Ajita in being part of The Vagina Monologues with Lismore Theatre Company has been growing her base of creative and beautiful female friendships.
Mechelle discovered her love of theatre as a teenager at Shopfront Theatre in Sydney. She trained at UNSW, NIDA and Pilgrim Theatre before becoming a secondary Drama and Entertainment teacher. Since moving to the Northern Rivers, she has been busy juggling her time between directing student plays and community theatre (Ballina Players). Recently, she began writing plays, having some success as a finalist in Hot Shorts Drill Hall Theatre and Short + Sweet Sydney. Mechelle is enjoying her time with LTC and is looking forward to more creative endeavours in the future.
Kashmir's acting career began at a young age as she rolled out of the womb and onto the stage. First joining LTC in Christmas
pantomimes, she has also been involved with productions such as Mort, Better Be With the Dead and most recently Witches Abroad. A recent graduate of Sydney
Theatre School, she dreams of making political changes and movements through the art of theatre. Kashmir is currently also studying to become an environmental lawyer. "My candle burns at both ends, it will not last the night, but arh my friends and oh my foes it gives a lovely light" - Roald Dahl.
Jenny Dowell is a late comer to the stage, making her debut for LTC two years ago – although some might say she was on the public stage all those years as Mayor of Lismore. Since playing Aunt Julia in Hedda Gabler, she’s appeared in Cagebirds, Steel Magnolias and Tertiary (at The Drill Hall, Mullumbimby). Having been in the audience for The Vagina Monologues in the past,
Jenny’s loving being in it this time.
Cast & Crew
Eva Hvala joined Lismore Theatre
Company at the start of the year assisting with sets and stage management in Breast Wishes and Winter Cabaret. She appeared on stage recently in Witches Abroad as
Ella/Little Red. She is assisting backstage in the The Vagina Monologues, as well as performing in the group pieces. Eva is really loving working with LTC and can’t wait to see what’s in store for the 2020 season.
Elyse has been involved in theatre in the Northern Rivers for the past eight years both on and off stage. She has performed in many LTC productions including Long Gone Lonesome Cowgirls, Wait Until Dark, Sylvia Plath: A Dramatic Portrait, Birthrights, Cagebirds, Cosi and Steel Magnolias. She has also been involved in a number of independent productions and played the title role in Ophelia Thinks Harder in 2015. She performed in Chicago with Bangalow Theatre Company in 2017. This is Elyse’s third time performing in The Vagina Monolgues and she remains in awe of these women’s stories and the remarkable women bringing them to life.
Beth Hobbs has been performing with the Lismore Theatre Company for the past nine years. Her first performance was in Bette Guy’s A Taste of Theatre. She played Hamlet in Ophelia Thinks Harder and was part of The Vagina
Monologues in 2016. She also performed in Better Be with The Dead,
Lipstick Dreams, Cosi, and earlier this year, Breast Wishes. Starting the year with boobs and ending it with vaginas has definitely made it the best theatrical year of her life!
Cast & Crew
Although Darci has been performing musical theatre and mainstream
theatre for 11 years, this is the first acting experience she’s had with
Lismore Theatre Company. She first joined LTC with an itching desire to get back into theatre (and to
complete her VET course hours) back in September 2018 with the technical team of Così. Since then, she has graduated from Kadina High, turned 18, and got accepted into university for law!
THE VM TEAM
PRODUCER: Beans Goodfellow
STAGE MANAGER: Jos Wright
HEAD TECHNICIAN: Luke Kane
TECH HELPER: Emily Smart
SOUND DESK: Dave Brodie
LIGHTS: Beans Goodfellow
ARTWORK: Katie Lloyd
DESIGN: Paul Gerrard
BACKSTAGE CREW: Eva Hvala & Darci Maher Di-Piero
LTC SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS
LTC would like to thank these businesses and
individuals for their ongoing support:
Jackson Technical Services Lismore; Lamp Replacements Australia – Brisbane; Eedys Lighting and Audio Brisbane; Twisted Pair Productions Brisbane; 45 Productions Sydney; HANS Electronics Services Goonellabah;Aussie House Sitters; Richard Johnson Photography; White Lady Funerals; Erwin Bates; Dwyane MacDonald; Kent Gordon; Kim McLean; Peter Kane; Rivers College Kadina; Connect Work Placement; LifeLine OP Shops Northern Rivers.