By Prerna Priyanka
In a bold move to amplify women’s voices and challenge societal taboos, the upcoming Fiji Fringe Festival is set to feature a riveting theatre performance of Eve Ensler’s renowned “Vagina Monologues.”
Roshika Deo, a prominent figure in Fiji’s gender equality movement and the driving force behind the production, says the performance will include pieces from Ensler’s iconic work alongside original contributions from Fijian women.
Deo explains, “It normalises the use of the word ‘vagina’. This itself is challenging a society where rates of sexual violence are so high, yet we are not able to even say the word vagina or vulva.”
The performance promises to explore women’s experiences, delving into topics ranging from sexual violence to body image and pleasure, and to celebrate womanhood in all its diversity.
“The artists performing are not actors or get paid. They are all volunteers who are women’s rights or gender equality activists who are sharing stories of women like them.”
This community-driven approach ensures that the performance resonates authentically with local audiences, reflecting and celebrating Fijian culture.
Despite the sensitive nature of the content, the production strives to create a safe and empowering environment for both performers and audiences. Trigger warnings are provided, and a thoughtful introduction sets the tone for open and respectful dialogue.
As excitement builds for the Fiji Fringe Festival, Deo expresses enthusiasm for attracting a diverse audience beyond the usual activism circles.
“Through this space,” she said, “we will be able to attract a wider audience.”
Plans are underway to use the proceeds of ticket sales for a feminist project addressing sexual harassment in the hospitality and services sector, ensuring that the impact of the performance extends far beyond the theatre walls.
With its blend of raw energy, poignant storytelling, and unapologetic celebration of womanhood, the Vagina Monologues promises to be a highlight of the Fiji Fringe Festival, sparking conversations and inspiring change long after the curtains close.
The Vagina Monologues are set to perform at the Fiji Fringe Festival on March 21.
Tickets are available at https://www.ticketmax.com.fj/Fringe