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THE next play to be staged by Foster the-
atre company, FAMDA , is ‘The Vagina Mono -
logues’ which will open on March 9 in the
lead up to the Prom Coast Seachange Fes-
Don’t be deterred by the title.
This compelling play is designed to be
thought-provoking and informative as well as
being inspirational and entertaining, spiced
with comedy and empowering messages.
Back in 1996 American actor/writer Eve
Ensler wrote the first draft of what was to
become ‘The Vagina Monologues’ following
interviews she conducted with hundreds of
women about their views on sex, relation-
ships and violence against women.
The interviews began as casual conversa-
tions with her friends, who then brought up
anecdotes they themselves had been told by
other friends; this began a continuing chain
Ensler originally performed the mono -
logues herself to great acclaim, winning the
1996 Obie Award for ‘Best New Play’ and
being awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship
Award in Playwriting in 1999.
Initially written to celebrate the vagina and
femininity, the purpose of the piece gradu-
ally changed to a campaign to end violence
and promote justice and gender equality for
Ensler has continued to develop the mono-
logues by writing additional pieces each year
in response to current issues, particularly
those related to any form of violence against
women and girls in different parts of the
This means that today any company stag-
ing ‘The Vagina Monologues’ chooses from a
selection of pieces that resonate in today’s
world as much as they would have when the
project was first conceived more than 20
FAMDA’s director, Brad Beach, and his
talented cast consisting of Dianne Berry-
man, Nicole Cooper, Cindy Hasthorpe, Lau-
ra Muranty, Alison McIntyre and Hadassah
Wanstall, have thought very carefully about
selecting a combination of monologues that
will present the play’s important messages
to South Gippsland audiences with both hu-
mour and compassion in mind.
FAMDA’s audience will thus experience a
show which is “spellbinding, funny and al-
most unbearably moving... written with a
bluntness that is never the less intensely
lyrical. It is both a work of art and an in-
cisive piece of cultural history, a poem and
a polemic, a performance and balm and a
The performance season for ‘The Vagina
Monologues’ opens on March 9 at the Foster
War Memorial Arts Centre and runs until to
March 24 as a prelude to the Prom Coast
Admission prices are $25 for adults or $20
On opening night post show supper with
the cast is included in the admission price.
Friday, March 10 is a Super Special Dis-
count Night – tickets are $20 for women and
just $10 for men!
Bookings for this compelling show are now
open online via www.famda.org.au or www.
trybooking.com/OPNK, at Main Street Rev-
elations in Foster or 5682 1381.
Note: ‘The Vagina Monologues’ contains
strong language and adult themes and is un-
suitable for anyone under 18.
153-155 Graham Street, Wonthaggi 5672 1002
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17
8pm / FREE
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18
8pm / FREE
Courtesy bus available
THE Hills Are Alive Festival has just an-
nounced another 15 acts for the ninth annual
‘Festival of Friends’ in Krowera and it’s arguably
one of the best Hills’ line-ups to date.
Fresh off a number two finish in the Triple J
Hottest 100 with her track, ‘Adore’, the soulfully
brooding Amy Shark will be gracing the hills as
part of her sold-out Australian tour.
The Hills Are Alive will be the only opportu-
nity to catch the exciting act, along with Triple
J Unearthed winner and hottest 100 number
27 Gretta Ray and Melbourne’s favourite party-
starting, nine-piece Dorsal, comedy legend Bob
Franklin and stand-out member of Briggs’ Bad
Apples label, Birdz.
Organiser Aidan McLaren said the festival is
really happy to host some of the most impres-
sive acts in the country alongside a bunch of
local musicians. Aidan’s father Peter, whose
property the festival lies on, is part of local outfit
Aidan said the local band had played at about
six or seven Hills festivals.
“They played the first time and the crowd loved
them so we’ve kept bringing them back,” he said.
Fellow local band Canverse has also been add-
ed to the impressive line-up, joining the likes of
Cloud Control, Dope Lemon, Remi and North-
east Party House.
Once again, the line-up is as diverse as it is
impressive and looks set to continue the grow-
ing Hills’ reputation of hosting acts before they
explode onto the world scene.
In addition to the solid line-up, tickets to the
festival include free camping, BYO alcohol, li-
censed bars, field games, street cart food, chill
out areas, late night DJs, art installations,
morning yoga and much more.
Most importantly, The Hills promises as al-
ways, to have one of the most good-vibing,
crowds in the country.
The three-day, two-night festival will be held
from Friday, March 24 to Sunday, March 26.
Tickets for The Hills Are Alive 2017 are on
sale now via www.thehillsarealive.com.au for
$169 plus booking fee.
The Hills Are Alive has sold out all previous
years, so be sure to get in quick if you’re keen to
join in the good time.
Full line-up: Cloud Control, Dope Lemon,
Remi, Northeast Party House, Amy Shark, Jor-
dan Rakei, Gretta Ray, Ocean Alley, The Hard
Aches, Dorsal Fins, Bec Sandridge, Fortunes,
Timberwolf, Josh Cashman, Flowertruck, West
Thebarton Brothel Party, Birdz, Saatsuma, Wal-
lace, Tulalah, Caiti Baker, The Drunken Poach-
ers, fountaineer, Fossil Fuel, Manchoir, Can-
verse, The Colemans.
Comedians: Dave O’Neil, Bob Franklin, Geral-
dine Hickey, Karl Chandler, Daniel Connell, Nick
Capper, Laura Dunemann.
Hills Are Alive
After taking out number two spot with her song, ‘Adore’ in the Triple J Hottest Hottest
100, Amy Shark is set to hit the stage at this year’s Hills Are Alive Festival.
Gretta Ray is one of the promising young
Australian acts to be added to this year’s
Hills Are Alive festival line-up. Photo credit:
FISH Creek’s Gecko Gallery will be playing host
to an exhibition of works by artist Stephen Jansen.
Launching on Sunday, February 19, Stephen’s
exhibition, entitled ‘Memory Mine’, will display a
collection of oil paintings and pencil drawings mo-
tivated by a series of personal political statements.
“In reality there are three such personal observa-
tions/protests,” Stephen said.
“Firstly, the desire of State Government Authori-
ties to remove ‘white’ newborn children from sin-
gle mothers in the 50s of which I have intimate
“Secondly, the willingness of Federal and State
Governments to promote the construction of me-
morials which honour people’s sacrifice in war
and which helps promote armed conflict.
“Lastly, to expose the self-indulgent nature of our
‘Capitalist Materialist Society’ and the effects it is
having on the destruction of our planet.”
Stephen is known to many in the community
already, through his time spent as a Visual Com-
munication and Design teacher and art teacher at
Wonthaggi Secondary College.
He cites time spent overseas in conflict zones as
further inspiration for the exhibition.
“When overseas I became aware of students
protesting against the government in Egypt; these
same students took to writing their names on their
arms to assist identification after being continually
fired at with live ammunition,” Stephen said.
“These works are not meant to be depressing
but to be lyrical and poetic in nature. Their feelings
and relationships help us by lifting up our spirits
by increasing our awareness and allowing change
to be a possibility.”
‘Memory Mine’ will launch at 2pm on Sunday,
February 19 at Gecko Studio and Gallery in Fish
Artist Stephen Jansen’s works, ‘Memory Mine’ explore issues of politics and honour in war
at an upcoming exhibition at Gecko Gallery.
launches at Gecko
Be entertained and empowered
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