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First Performance of Blackguarded: Our Vagina Dialogues takes place
08/01/2014 00:00:00

Blackguarded: Our Vagina Dialogues. These stories of every woman were powerfully performed in 69 O’Connell Street (formerly Belltable Arts Centre), as part of the 16 days of action against violence against women. The script was written and performed by Clare Higgins, Margaret Fitzgerald, Claire Sadlier, Frances O'Brien, Clare Dollard and Noelene Nash aka 'Limerick Women Warriors'.

"I am astonished that I've come this far.  I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would be involved in something like this, I have been a farmers wife for 40 years!  I love being a part of creating awareness of such an important issue.  I'm proud of myself, I'm proud of us all", says cast member Frances O'Brien.
This original piece of writing evolved from a women’s studies project taught by LCAES tutor Sheila Quealey and commissioned by Mary McCusker at the Northside Family Resource Centre. Drama tutor Karen Fitzgibbon worked with the group to devise what can only be described as a moving, honest and heartfelt performance. 
The first and what was regarded as ground-breaking Vagina Monologues was written by playwright and activist Eve Ensler in 1994. It was based on dozens of interviews with women and addressed women's sexuality and the social stigma surrounding rape and abuse, creating a new conversation with and about women.  The Limerick Women Warriors felt that they needed to express themselves in their own Irish voice and so Blackguarded: Our Vagina Dialogues, was born.

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