Eve Ensler wrote the first draft of the monologues in 1996 (there have been several revisions since) following interviews she conducted with 200 women about their views on sex, relationships, and violenceagainst women.
The interviews began as casual conversations with her friends, who then brought up anecdotes they themselves had been told by other friends; this began a continuing chain of referrals.
In an interview with Women.com, Ensler said that her fascination with Vaginas began “because of growing up in a violent society”. “Women’s empowerment is deeply connected to their sexuality.” She also stated, “I’m obsessed with women being violated and raped, and with incest. All of these things are deeply connected to our vaginas.”
The monologues were presented in accordance with the wishes of Eve Ensler, just as they were on Broadway and the West End stage. They may have also make you laugh and cry, but most of all they probably changed the way you think of Vaginas forever, I certainly have.
Paul Walker Director
CODS were very pleased to present the Vagina Monologues as part of the 2017 Crediton Festival.
The performances were much appreciated by the audiences and it was good to work in a different venue, namely the Crediton Arts Centre.