De­mys­ti­fy­ing the fe­male body

Central Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - STAFF RE­PORTERS

Don’t say you haven’t been warned.

FLAPS is a play about the fe­male ex­pe­ri­ence of life and it unashamedly con­tains nu­dity, sex­ual con­tent and strong lan­guage.

And if taboos don’t bother you, there is a good chance you are go­ing to rave about it.

Pre­sented by the Bits and Pieces Ensem­ble the the­atri­cal per­for­mance is a a ‘‘de­vised play’’, which has been put to­gether by more than 24 col­lab­o­ra­tors, five cast mem­bers and two curators.

Alice Kirker is pro­duc­ers of the show.

She says FLAPS is a very much a ‘‘tongue-in-cheek’’ play and al­though the cast and crew are all women, it is most def­i­nitely an out­ing that men would en­joy as well.

‘‘It is made up of 20-30 vi­gnettes that flow to­gether to make one show. one of the It does not have a sin­gle story line.’’

Kirker says the play takes ‘‘those girly con­ver­sa­tions’’ that women have in seclu­sion and puts it on stage in a play.

‘‘You will see women be­ing re­ally hon­est about their bod­ies. There are no taboos. It’s just fe­males talk­ing about their sex­u­al­ity.’’

So why the fo­cus on what lies nethers...

Kirker says it all started when they put a cast­ing call out for fe­males who would be in­ter­ested in a play about women.

‘‘We got a lot of women, and we would have wel­comed some­one from the trans­gen­der com­mu­nity. But no one with a LGBTQA back­ground stepped for­ward. We re­alised ev­ery­one we got had a vagina, and that’s how it all started.’’

FLAPS will be show­ing at the Base­ment Theatre Au­gust 23-27 at 6.30pm. Book via iTicket.

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