Published on April 04, 2014
Truro’s Leana Todd has been performing in the Vagina Monologues for 13 years. She is passionate about educating both sexes regarding issues women face. Todd will perform during the monologues today at the Marigold Cultural Centre. Monique Chiasson – Truro Daily News
Published on April 04, 2014
Shelley Austin, left, and Michele Rigby are two of about 30 women participating in the Vagina Monologues in Truro today. The purpose of the event is to celebrate women and bring to light issues females around the world still deal with. Monique Chiasson – Truro Daily News
‘Historically women have come a long way but we still have a long way to go’
TRURO – A true look at what it’s like to be a woman will be explored in Truro today.
The Vagina Monologues will return to town for two shows at the Marigold Cultural Centre on Saturday: at 2 and 7 p.m. The show is a fundraiser for the Central Nova Women’s Resource Centre and supports V-Day, which is an ongoing global movement against violence to women.
Truro’s Shelley Austin and Michele Rigby will perform together. Their performance is a “vagina workshop” that brings awareness of a woman’s body.
“Women’s bodies are a work of art …,” said Rigby. “There is a disconnect between media images of women, their bodies are getting thinner and longer, and real women whose bodies are getting bigger. The Vagina Monologues help women reconnect with their bodies, improving our self image and subsequently our health.”
Austin described the monologues as “empowering women and when you empower women you empower men. Historically women have come a long way but we still have a long way to go.”
Truro’s Leana Todd has participated in the monologues in both Truro and Halifax since 2001. She will perform a monologue about a sex worker who works with women and will instruct the audience how to express themselves. Todd said it’s important to address women’s issues and deal with the many topics that are unfortunately still plaguing females.
“In the year 2015 these issues … abuse, demoralizing women, shame, disrespect, objectification … should not still be issues. I will keep doing the monologues as long as they are still issues.”
Sam Madore, director of the monologues, which also include dance, said more than 30 women will perform Saturday, day and ight. For people who have seen the event before, they should not shy away from returning, said Madore.
“A lot of the monologues are repeat, but there are some new ones and new performers so you can have a whole new experience … with a nice balance of emotions and seeing real, everyday people sharing real stories,” Madore said.
And men are encouraged to attend as well.
“In the past we’ve had quite a few men come to performances. It’s important for men to see stuff they are not privy to often and it’s really important for them to appreciate women and to be aware of women’s issues.”
Tickets for the performance cost $31 and can be obtained at the Marigold box office on Prince Street, Ticket Pro and by calling
897-4004. Ten per cent of the proceeds will support V-Day, while the other 90 per cent will go to the women's resource centre in Truro.