- Emma McErlean, Marina Hampton, Melanie Clark Pullen, Michelle Young, Nandi Jola, Sarah Reid, Vicky Blades
How it all started….
Early in 2018, Melanie Clark Pullen was interested in doing something to mark the 20th anniversary of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues. She put a shout out on an online forum called Mothers Artists Makers and soon had a group of professional theatre makers willing to pull off a benefit performance of the play in a matter of weeks.
Hosted by the Lyric Theatre, and with the proceeds of the performance going to both Ensler’s charity V-Day and Belfast’s Women’s Aid, The Vagina Monologues was a sell out. The money raised went on to helped create Northern Ireland’s first rape crisis helpline.
The group were asked to perform again for the Belfast Film Festival in April that year and, with a couple of cast changes, returned to the Lyric in June for two nights, both of which sold out.
Out of the group, a core group decided to form a collective dedicated to empowering women in theatre, giving a platform for female writers and performers and speaking up about some of the issues women face today.
‘A stunning achievement’CultureHub NI magazine