What inspired you to create Vaudeville of the Vulva?
Vaudeville of the Vulva grew from the desire to inform and educate people about the latest research into female pleasure and the amazing design of the vulva - in an entertaining way. I wanted to use laughter and songs to open conversations about female sexuality, to address taboos and to release the shame that many people feel around their genitalia and their sexuality.
The story is, to an extent, autobiographical, and as my own attitudes and understandings have changed, the show has evolved. It has also happened vice versa. Almost every song that arrived initially felt really challenging to sing, but over time I became more comfortable with the material and more comfortable with these different aspects of myself.
What have been some of the highlights in the development of the show?
I find the creative process quite miraculous, especially when humour is involved. Sometimes I only get a glimpse of how one character or scene connects to another, but over time the full picture emerges. It’s as if it’s already been there but was waiting to be revealed. With jokes in particular, I often have a sense that there is something funny waiting to be found in a particular section of the script. But humour won’t be forced, and I have to be patient until the moment that it pops in, out of the blue - sometimes during an actual performance!