It is important to love yourself and Jamie Walker speaks to Laura Harris about her show which promotes self love.

Brighton Fringe: Vaudeville Of The Vulva

Upstairs @ The Caroline of Brunswick

May 17 and 18

What are you looking forward to about your first Brighton Fringe experience?

I love Brighton. My mum grew up there and I have several dear friends in the area.

It is home to such a vibrant, open, diverse community and I can’t wait to see how even more alive the place becomes during the Fringe.

Being such a pleasure-positive place,

I feel that Brighton is perfect for the Fringe debut of Vaudeville Of The Vulva

Tell me about the show, it sounds quite intriguing.

It’s a one-woman show so, in spite of a valiant attempt, using puppets and costume changes, to create the illusion that there are lots of people involved, the cold, hard truth is that I’m everyone.

The characters include Professor Virginia Regina, Barb the cleaner, Peachy Punani, Sister Augusta, Molly Muschi and more.

It is a one-woman comic cabaret written and performed by yours truly, an award-winning sex geek.

The show is hosted by an eccentric professor from The Oxford Yoniversity.

Using puppets, multiple costumes and personality changes, she introduces a troupe of multi-cultural characters from The Vulva Underground.

Each guest has a tale to tell to inspire and entertain on the challenges and delights of sexuality in a female body.

Audiences are invited to sing along to many of the original songs.

Not to be confused with Puppetry Of The Penis, the show is funny, sexy and wise, yet involves no nudity.

What made you want to put on a show like this?

The inspiration for the show is to provide a light-hearted way to address and dispel the shame and discomfort that many women feel about their genitals.

My goal is also to inspire women – and men -– about our amazing design for pleasure and arousal, all while entertaining them.

As a somatic sex educator, I support people to connect with their body and explore their natural capacity for pleasure.

Many of the problems my clients come with stem from embarrassment and reticence about discussing, even naming, genitals.

This, and the paucity of good sex education at school, leads to a serious lack of understanding about how people with vulvas get turned on.

The material for Vaudeville Of The Vulva has been developing for more than two decades.

It started when I was pregnant and my mum wrote to tell me to exercise my pelvic floor.

She wanted to help me avoid being the one out of every three women that suffer from stress incontinence after childbirth.

I needed to find a way to remember to exercise, so I wrote a catchy little squeeze-along song called Do the Kegel.

The group I was singing with, The Voices Of Gaia, performed it and women everywhere really loved it.

I started using vulva puppets to demonstrate the pelvic squeeze when I performed the song.

What message do you hope people take away?

I hope they take away a new courage and freedom to talk about sex and genitals.

A greater understanding of the elegant design for pleasure in the female body, and a wealth of funny moments that they can chuckle about in the following days and weeks.

Laughter is liberating and can be really transformative.

So why is this the show to see this Fringe?

For anyone with a vulva – and those who love them – this show provides maximum gain for minimum effort.

Not only will you have a hilarious night out, you’ll leave with a deeper appreciation of this poorly understood and much maligned body part.