A great performance by Tammy Anderson, who did her one woman act of “The Great Walls of Vagina” This is a funny, bit crude and rude performance that educates women on their body parts and the importance of Pap smears. She had so many people in fits of laughing and she gets men up to join in the fun. She comes from Victoria and has toured around AMS ( Aboriginal Medical Services) with this and is supported by the Cancer Council.
While the performance wasn’t to everyone’s taste it did have a lot of support. I was sitting with one of my Elders, who was killing herself laughing about it. She used clinical terms for body parts, and then would ask the audience what words they used. This was especially funny to my mind, when she was talking about the word vagina and all the terms used now days and had people give their names and offered suggestions for women. One lady she said she looked like her vagina, was an Amy! What else can you do, but laugh. But after we laughed and watched everyone doing the exercises, she then told of how easy and important it is to get the pap smear.
Tammy has props and gets the audience to come up and join her in exercises,
This is what the blurb says about her work:
Aboriginal performer Tammy Anderson takes audiences on a deep journey of Aboriginal women’s business, using comedy and performance to connect with women around the taboo topic of cervical screening.
Great Walls of Vagina faces the uncomfortable subject of women’s business head-on in a way that is outrageous and funny – women can’t help but take notice. “The audience is taken on a journey through Moocha meditation, Pap song and dance and a doctor’s appointment with my character Labia Majora,” said Anderson.
Anderson has been performing the show across Victoria at ‘Sister’s Day Out’ events run by the Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service Victoria.
Why is the show important?
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are almost four times more likely to die from cervical cancer than non-Aboriginal women in Australia, suggesting Aboriginal women are less likely to have regular Pap tests because of difficulties accessing service providers or cultural barriers.
“Early detection can save the lives of more of our Aboriginal sisters,” said Anderson.