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Primary school staff to star in The Vagina Monologues

'We don’t have any theatre experience or background but we were feeling angry about everything in the news at the moment'

08 February, 2018 — By Tom Foot

Teachers from Rhyl Primary School are angry about the BBC equal pay scandal and Harvey Weinstein

PRIMARY school staff are preparing to perform in a theatre production of The Vagina Monologues.

Ten women from Rhyl Primary School will read out the monologues with other first-time performers on stage at Theatro Technis, in Mornington Crescent.

The production – raising money for Solace Women’s Aid – has been organised by the Kentish Town school’s family support worker Alison David and teaching assistant Sarah Michael.

Ms David said: “We don’t have any theatre experience or background but we were both feeling angry about everything in the news at the moment… Harvey Weinstein. I’m particularly incensed by the BBC, the pay equality. It’s an organisation that has been part of my life, and it’s not paying women equally.” She added: “We raised it in staff meetings and there was a big response. The cast is from all ages, backgrounds and ethnicities and they are connected with the material.”

The play, by Eve Ensler, first performed 20 years ago this month, broke taboos about women’s sexuality and hidden domestic violence. Ms David said she heard 20th anniversary events were taking place and decided to see if anything was going on in London. She got in touch with the V Day group, which organises events each year on the anniversary of the play, and they gave the all-clear.

She said: “Since then, so many people have got involved and it’s all come together. We got the venue, we’ve almost sold out. We’re having designer cupcakes too.”

Tickets to the show on February 22 and 23 cost £11 and £7 con­cessions from www.ticketsource. co.uk

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