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Girls aloud for Vagina Monologues in Richmond
Terri Dwyer has never shied away from confronting controversial storylines and is set to continue that trend in The Vagina Monologues.
The former Hollyoaks and Grange Hill star is set to form a third of Eve Ensler's smash-hit three-hander at Richmond Theatre.
She will tread the boards alongside former Doctors star Diane Keen and Holly-Jay Bowes, best known for playing Michaela McQueen in Hollyoaks.
And Dwyer believes the relaxed dynamic of the trio contributes to making the play as authentic as possible.
She says: "It really is three totally different characters between the three of us up there.
"But we all get on really well together despite an obvious age gap between all three of us actually.
"Diane is slightly older and has been in some massive shows so she is fascinating to work with and learn from.
"And then you have got Holly-Jay who is the youngest but she is a fantastic young woman and great at what she does."
The Vagina Monologues is a play that spans generations but when it first hit the stage, it was shrouded in controversy.
Made up of a number of different monologues, it touches upon issues such as orgasms, rape, love, masturbation and birth.
Dwyer believes things that were once seen as shocking and obscene might no longer be considered as such.
She said: "Some of the things I will talk about on stage, vaginas and clitoris's, when the play was first written might have been thought of as controversial.
"But in this modern world, I am not so sure it is seen as so shocking. However, other elements of the show can be harrowing.
"For example, there is a monologue about the torture and rape camps women were subjected in Bosnia.
"It also talks about issues such as genital mutilation and you cannot bury your head in the sand, this happens in our world."
The touring production arrives in Richmond on Tuesday and Dwyer admitted she cannot wait for it.
She added: "I am really excited about coming to Richmond actually.
"A couple of my friends are coming to watch on the night and that is always something that makes me nervous - it is nice though."
The Vagina Monologues; Richmond Theatre, the Green, Richmond; October 29, 7.30pm; tickets £20; visit atgtickets.com/richmond or call the box office direct on 0844 871 7651.
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