Producer and directors (from left) Emily Duncan and Clare
Adams practise The Vagina Monologues with performers
Sandrine Feillet, Marion O'Kane and Sue Marshall at
Dunedin's Northeast Valley Community Rooms yesterday. Photo
by Craig Baxter.
Eleven Northeast Valley women are ready to play their
part tomorrow to end violence against women. The Vagina
co-director and co-producer Emily Duncan said
only amateur actors were allowed to perform in plays put on as
part of a global movement called One Billion Rising.
Director and producer Clare Adams said the one billion figure
signified the one in three women on Earth who were raped or
beaten in their lifetimes and also the one billion women and
men the movement was asking to rise on February 14 to end the
The One Billion Rising movement made many scripts available
to raise funds and all proceeds from ticket sales would be
given to Dunedin Collaboration Against Family Violence, Ms
Performer Marion O'Kane said the performers knew each other
through Northern Artery, a Northeast Valley group that
celebrated the vitality and diversity in the valley, which
was helpful because the script was ''quite full-on'' and
Ms Duncan said the seriousness in the script was balanced
''It's not all doom and gloom and really grim. There's some
light, laugh-out-loud moments.''