From puberty and sexuality to food and friendship, Minge is a variety show canvassing everything women are about.
It is theatre about women, made by young women from four award-winning theatre collectives: Binge Culture, The PlayGround Collective, Three Spoon Theatre and Theatre Militi.
They are joined on stage by independent theatre practitioners ranging in age from 28 years to 15 months.
The play draws on the performers’ own experiences as well as a collection of stories gathered from women around Wellington.
As producer and director for the Playground Collective, Eleanor Bishop is used to being behind the scenes, but she is performing in Minge. She said the response from the female community to the project had been overwhelming.
‘‘It’s like these people needed that release, and there were just so many stories to tell.’’
The enthusiasm was such that there was far too much to put into the show, so it will be accompanied by a home-made magazine entitled Minge-a-zine. It contains the collected stories, with illustrations by fellow performers Erin Banks and Hannah Smith.
Of the various stories, only two were used on stage, said Ms Bishop.
‘‘We didn’t want a bunch of women on stage reading out stories. We wanted music and dance, so it’s turned out to be a bit of a variety show, really.’’
The eight actors and two musicians take the audience through women in history and their coming of age – women like Joan of Arc, Eve, Dakota Fanning and Britney Spears.
Minge, directed by Fiona McNamara, produced by Hannah Banks, BATS Theatre, Wellington, 7pm until December 11.