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BRAD Beach is the director of ‘The Vagina
Monologues’, a play which is about to be staged
in Foster by the local theatre company, FAMDA.
He has given the play a very social context and
declared, “Firstly and most of all – this is a show
which involves a group of women having drinks
and a catch up with their girlfriends and having a
Brad is absolutely passionate about the play
and says he has wanted to direct it ever since he
first saw it performed.
He was inspired by the amazing response of
women leaving the theatre after a performance,
stopping to talk about how much they enjoyed the
show and to speak also of the experiences they
had while growing up.
“Seeing a piece of theatre that created that need
for people to talk about their own experiences
has always stuck with me.
“I think that people most enjoy seeing a show
that reminds them of their own experiences,” he
In the past eight years Brad has been seeking a
theatre company willing to produce ‘The Vagina
Some companies were concerned about stag-
ing a play with the word ‘vagina’ in the title, as
though it were something to be ashamed of, so he
was delighted that FAMDA was keen to produce
The monologues are designed to inspire, reas-
sure and empower women as they cover many
topics which comment on current issues.
There is a serious side to the chosen mono-
logues with strong messages about the repug-
nance of violence, in any form, against women
and children yet the stories promote laughter
while allowing women to reflect on their experi-
‘The Vagina Monologues’ is, however, not a
show just for women.
Brad says another motive to direct the show
came from his belief that more men need to be
involved and make a stand to say that all women
should be free from harassment and violence.
Brad really hopes that men will come and see
the show, because it helps them to gain insight
into what it’s like to be a woman, what it’s like to
experience the wolf whistle.
Wayne Moloney, currently directing ‘Miss Sai-
gon’ at Wonthaggi and FAMDA’s Roger De Bris in
‘The Producers’, echoed these sentiments.
“I was fortunate to see ‘The Vagina Monologues’
at the Wonthaggi Golf Club in the early 2000s and
found it both moving and hilarious,” Wayne said.
“So this is a message to all you men: Do not be
deterred by the show title, you will have a mar-
vellous night in the theatre. You might even learn
how to push the other half ’s buttons.”
FAMDA is keen to promote the show to men
and has even introduced a super special discount
night on Friday, March 10 when men can attend
for half price, just $10 while women’s tickets will
Brad Beach has been buzzing with praise for
the amazing passion and talent of the women
wanting and willing to stand up on stage and pro-
vide a wonderful night of entertainment.
His fabulous cast consists of Dianne Berryman,
Nicole Cooper, Cindy Hasthorpe, Laura Muranty,
Alison McIntyre and Hadassah Wanstall all of
whom have shown outstanding dedication and
commitment in their determination to convey the
show’s serious messages with sincerity and con-
viction while preserving the humour inherent in
Although people might hear about ‘The Vagina
Monologues’ and think it’s a very heavy show,
don’t be confused or deterred. It’s a show that
will make you laugh, cry and then laugh twice as
FAMDA will stage ‘The Vagina Monologues’
at the Foster Arts Centre between March 9 and
24 March in the lead up to the Prom Coast
Evening performances are at 8pm and there
are matinees at 2pm on Saturday, March 18 and
Sunday, March 19.
Tickets can be booked on line via www.famda.
org.au, through Main Street Revelations in Foster
or 5682 1381.
‘The Vagina Monologues’ is full of comedy with
the occasional serious moment, highlighting what
it means to be a woman in today’s society but
be warned, it does contain strong language and
adult themes unsuitable for anyone under 18.
Information provided for the benefit of members,
guests and authorised visitors.
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THE upcoming musical showcase, Serenade at
Sunset, aims to combine high quality performanc-
es and affordable prices, bringing internationally
acclaimed performers to the Bass Coast Shire.
But the performance is also a chance to show
off the skills and talents in our own backyard, and
shine the spotlight on our young local musicians
Internationally acclaimed concert producer, Da-
vid Rogers-Smith, will lead the stellar cast at the
upcoming Serenade at Sunset concert.
“This is a great concept,” David said.
The young performers, the Rising Stars, will ap-
pear on stage with the professionals, and will also
receive advice and mentoring from these artists.
Maria-Rosa Gatto, who is appearing on stage
for the third time, said she has already learned so
much from the mentors.
“Apart from talking with them we learn so much
from just watching their stage craft,” Maria-Rosa
Tom Green, who is now based in Melbourne but
has been a prominent figure in the Wonthaggi mu-
sical community, will open Serenade this year with
Fellow Rising Stars performers include Maria-
Rosa Gatto, Alliza Miel, and Corey Green.
Some of the Rising Stars are students at Ne-
whaven College, under the direction of Kirk Skin-
ner. One of Kirk’s success stories is the Newhaven
Boys Vocal Group that will once again be appear-
ing at Serenade at Sunset.
This exciting group has been chosen to repre-
sent Victoria at the National Male Voice Festival in
Brisbane later this year.
Jake Amy and the Groove Hunters will also be
presenting their own material and unique take on
After a sell-out season at the Paris Cat Jazz club
in Melbourne, they will be appearing at the Inver-
loch Jazz Festival as well as Serenade.
A brilliant professional cast will be led by David
Rogers-Smith, who mesmerised the community
last time with his renditions from the shows and
an unforgettable presentation of Nessun Dorma.
With him is a magnificent group of singers who
have appeared internationally in a host of shows
including Rocky Horror Show, Mary Poppins,
Guys and Dolls, Grease 2 and more.
Included is internationally renowned performer
Verity Hunt-Ballard, a recipient of two Helpmann
awards and a much coveted Green Room award.
Joining her is Josh Piterman and Andrea
Josh started out with the Ten Tenors, was in
the UK Tour of Hair Spray and achieved a Green
Room Award in 2016 for his role in Cats.
Currently he is playing the lead role of Jamie
in ‘The Last Five Years’ for the Victorian Theatre
Meanwhile Andrea has remarkable versatil-
ity and has played in many countries with such
companies as L’Opera National de Paris, Opera de
Bordeaux, NZ Opera and others.
Andrea is a well-established teacher specialising
in Music Theatre, operetta and opera.
This production that will be seen in the open air
has been made possible by the generous support
of the Bendigo Community Bank and the Bass
Coast Shire Council.
There will be delicious food and wine stalls or
bring you own picnic.
So come along on Saturday, March 11, with
gates open from 5pm.
Serenate at Sunset will take place at the Grant-
ville Reserve, Grantville.
To purchase tickets, visit the website at www.
serenadeatsunset.com, at Alex Scott Real Estate in
Cowes and Grantville, or at The Wonthaggi Club.
For more information call 0402 727 364.
Stellar line-up for
Serenade at Sunset
Why you must see The Vagina Monologues
Brad Beach is directing FAMDA’s produc-
tion of The Vagina Monologues. Photo: Rob-
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