Graeae’s Jenny Sealey is launching a new theatre company called Where’s My Vagina? that will be devoted to telling women’s stories.
The female-led organisation will focus on topics affecting women, including ageism, sexuality, menopause, feeling invisible with getting older, D/deaf and disabled women’s experiences, being a mother or not being a mother and abuse.
Sealey is one of the leading members of Where’s My Vagina?, which is an entirely separate venture from D/deaf and disabled theatre company Graeae, of which she is artistic director and chief executive. Other members of Where’s My Vagina? are to be confirmed.
The theatre company was officially launched at the Southbank Centre in London’s Women of the World Festival on March 9.
Sealey said the organisation was still in “very embryonic stages of development” and that the idea stemmed from a chat between female theatremakers at a memorial for theatre-in-education practitioner David Johnston.
She told The Stage that the women had discussed feeling invisible in big stakeholder meetings since hitting the age of 60.
After it was suggested there should be an over-50s version of The Vagina Monologues, the name Where’s My Vagina? came about.
Sealey added: “We had our first meeting after Giverny Masso, a journalist from The Stage, heard me mention [the idea] on a panel and asked to write about it. We agreed that if she believed we were on to something then maybe we should think more seriously about what it could be.”
Where’s My Vagina? has been endorsed by member of European Parliament and women’s rights campaigner Julie Ward, who said there was a “huge need” for stories of abuse to have a platform.
Sealey said: “I was directing Sarah Kane’s Blasted and it is always a shocking reminder of the abuse women face day in and day out and of war as a rape tactic. Julie Ward MEP saw the show and said Where’s My Vagina? needs to be for all women and there is a huge need for those stories of abuse to have a platform.”
Further details of Where’s My Vagina? are to be announced in the coming months.