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Charity production at Lowestoft theatre

PUBLISHED: 14:50 24 April 2009 | UPDATED: 09:10 06 July 2010

A LOWESTOFT theatre is putting on a charity production to coincide with a global movement to end violence against women and girls.

The Seagull Rep are supporting V-Day by performing their own benefit performance of the Vagina Monologues, the Eve Ensler play, which is used around the world to raise money for various anti-violence organisations.

A LOWESTOFT theatre is putting on a charity production to coincide with a global movement to end violence against women and girls.

The Seagull Rep are supporting V-Day by performing their own benefit performance of the Vagina Monologues, the Eve Ensler play, which is used around the world to raise money for various anti-violence organisations.

Proceeds from the Monologues, which is being directed by John Hales and performed at the Seagull Theatre, in Morton Road, will go to the Waveney Women's Aid, a charity helping abused women and their families.

The Vagina Monologues has been endorsed by many celebrities world wide who have taken their turn in giving a series of comical and sometimes shocking testimonials of their characters' lives.

Despite the play attracting enormous critical acclaim for its frankness and tales of female empowerment, theatre manager John Hales said he wanted to encourage men not to be shy as the play offers something for everyone.

Taya James is one of the actresses taking part in the play. She said her monologue was focussed on a woman who is coming to terms with liking the look of herself.

“It's a fantastic script and there are lots of different monologues covering different subject areas. When I read mine I giggled and blushed, but this was my favourite one, there are some entertaining bits in it, but some others are more shocking and touching and really open your eyes to things.”

Taya is no stranger to the Seagull having performed in Closer during First Flight in 2007, which eventually saw the theatre re-open to the public.

The Vagina Monologues will be performed at the Seagull on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, April 30 to May 2.

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