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The Vagina Monologues Returns to Downstage

The Vagina Monologues


Due to POPULAR DEMAND Downstage is bringing back a return season of the Obie Award winning production The Vagina Monologues.

Featuring a surprising new guest and a set design sold off for charity

The Vagina Monologues is a worldwide phenomenon receiving rave reviews from all over the world…

“Eve Ensler's GLORIOUS show is WARM, OPEN, EXCITING, ENCHANTING and HILARIOUSLY funny! See it even if you haven't got one” - Sunday Times, London

The 2002 Wellington season at Downstage was also received to much acclaim…

“The audience whooped and hollered and sang along” – The Dominion

Downstage’s return season of The Vagina Monologues sees celebrities Pauline Gillespie, Dame Kate Harcourt and Kim Hill return to the stage and also Downstage’s new celebrity guest… GEORGINA BEYER (performing on the 17th and 18th January)

Georgina has a strong acting past having performed in Shark in the Park and Shortland Street and she also received a nomination for best actress in a dramatic role for her role in Jewel’s Darl at the 1987 G.O.F.T.A Awards (Guild of Film & Television Arts Awards).

Caroline Stacey, returns from Australia to direct. Caroline has directed many productions of The Vagina Monologues throughout Australia and brings her intimate knowledge of the show to the return season at Downstage. She is currently the Artistic Director of the Castlemaine State Festival and will be joining the Canterbury Opera later this year to direct the New Zealand premiere of Lakme.

Caroline will be joined again by Lisa Maule (Lighting Design) - winner of the Chapman Tripp Lighting Design of the Year for Home Fires and Haruru Mai. Alice Tinning (Set & Costume Design) received the 2002 Chapman Tripp Award for Set Design of the year for Downstage’s production Richard III.

Alice has redesigned the set for the Parthenon season with 400 handmade silk flowers sewn on giant panels that will surround the actors and celebrities while they perform. All the flowers were made by a team of women and symbolise sexual reproduction. Downstage is contributing to Eve Ensler’s fight to stop violence against women and girls by selling each individual, handmade flower to audiences with all proceeds going to the Women’s Refuge.

The Vagina Monologues will be Downstage’s first production at our temporary location The Parthenon (ex James Cabaret). The reason for our move to The Parthenon is to install a lift making our theatre more accessible for patrons.


Season: 17 January - 8 February Monday, Tuesday: 6.30pm Wednesday - Saturday: 8pm Matinee: Saturday 8 February: 4pm Tickets: $15 - $35 Bookings: Downstage 801 6946 / Ticketek 384 3840 or on line

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