VAGINA REX & THE GAS OVEN
A surrealist adaptation of one of the first theatre work to come out of the Women’s Liberation Movement in Britain.
Performed as part of the 2017 British Contemporary Season at Rose Bruford College, UK.
“When this play was first produced in February 1969 its thesis on female oppression caused a considerable uproar. As one of the outcomes of the productions ‘The observer’ carried a piece called ‘Are Women Oppressed?’ as though there was still some doubt about the matter. The evolving of the Women’s Liberation Movement over the past two years seems to denounce the impression given by some journalist that this theme of women’s rage was somehow special to the outer is a technique used to wall people in their ‘private neurosis’ / The growth of solidarity between women hopefully suggests that this game of divide and rule is drawing to a close – political and personal are beginning to cleave unto one another and yesterday’s ‘deranged’ females are emerging as today’s formidable radical leaders”. (Jane Arden)
Cast: Jack Boal, Heidi Bowes, Nuna Cruz, Gareth Ellis, Ines Autonell, Ted Thorpe and Eva March.
Written by Jane Arden.
Directed by: Grace Scotte
Designed by: Lucy Brown.
Lighting Design by: Natalya Fineron.
Sound Design by: Hope Breenan.
Scenic Artists: Jess Slingerland & Matt O’Reilly.
DSM: Janet-Mary Provan.
ASM: Elle Coffey and Toby John Hillaby.
Stage Manager, Interprog: Kieran Ludlam.
Production Manager: Hannah Walmsley.
Sound Operator: Fintan Davies.
Lighting Operator: Johnny Myers.
Technical Manager: Rhea Jaques.
Production Electricians: Daisy Grindrod & Jack Holloway.
Photos taken by Michael O’Reilly.