4 April 2014
Putting on an act for McAuley
Angela Wood has dabbled in amateur theatre over the years but never imagined she would put her hand up to perform in The Vagina Monologues at the Malthouse Theatre on April 16.
But for the Heidelberg mother of two, the confronting performance was the chance to raise awareness of family violence and the impact it has on a woman’s life.
The Vagina Monologues, first published in 1998 and then made into a highly acclaimed Broadway production, deals with many aspects of a woman’s life. It was written by Eve Esler, who went on to establish V-Day, a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls that raises funds and awareness through benefit productions. Last year more than 5,800 V-Day benefits were held around the world raising over $5 million.
This year one of the Victorian organisations chosen for V-Day Melbourne is McAuley Community Services for Women. Angela, who also works as Fundraising Officer at McAuley, said The Vagina Monologues benefit production would shine the spotlight on the work of McAuley in supporting women and their children who are escaping family violence and for women who are homeless, primarily as a result of family violence or a mental health breakdown.
McAuley Community Services for Women offers the only safe house in Victoria open 24 hours a day, seven days a week; five refuges and medium to longer-term accommodation for women who are homeless; a program to support women, affected by homelessness, to find work and an Employer Education Package which assists employers to recognise and respond effectively to employees who might be experiencing family violence.
“In Australia this year about 70 women will be killed through family violence. We need to tell their story, advocate for them and offer practical and timely support to women who experience family violence. Many women have children and McAuley offers a really holistic approach to their care. We help at the point of crisis when safety is the greatest issue and then offer support to gain housing and help to reestablish their lives,” Angela said.
The Vagina Monologues will be performed at The Coopers Malthouse (113 Sturt Street, Southbank) on Wednesday, 16 April.
‘The Preview’: 5.00pm (Tickets $25 + ticketing fee)
‘Main Performance’: 8.00pm (Tickets $55 + ticketing fee)