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To celebrate the premiere of The Year My Vagina Tried To Kill Me, we're revisiting the interview we did with Amy Vreeke last year and caught up with her to find out how the show has developed since the previews.

So… I bet you get asked this all the time, but how do you pronounce your name?

Breaker but with a V. So… Vrayker.

You are a very open person. Have you ever said something that has made a whole room really awkward?

Yes. Really quite often. I doubt you’d be allowed to print the examples. I am bad at filtering myself. My mum has always been really open and it’s how I was brought up. I rarely feel embarrassed or awkward myself, it’s just something I seem to elicit in other people!

Have you ever had anything unusual or disastrous happen at a gig?

Oh plenty of times! One example is, I turned up a little late (my train had been delayed) so arrived as the gig had already started. I REALLY needed the loo and I assumed I’d not be on until the middle section so I ran to the loo. As I was sat on the toilet, I heard the compere announce my name and introduce me onto the stage! I had to move pretty quickly to make it up there before it got awkward. I was so out of breath, I had to tell the audience what they’d interrupted!

How did you first get into stand up?

I joined a comedy society when I first started Uni with the intention to just take part in writing sketches and working on comedy acting skills. I didn’t think I’d try stand up, it seemed way too scary. But the chair of the society persuaded me to give it a go, so I did and I loved it and thankfully so did the audience. From there I just kept gigging, at first it was mainly at university and then anywhere that would have me. It was great having such a supportive environment to start off with, I’m not sure it’d have been as easy if I didn’t have such a great group of friends doing it at the same time.

What’s your fave venue to play?

I have a favourite night to play, which is Laughing Cows (In Manchester). It’s always a cracking all female line up and the audience are always really up for a laugh. It’s one of those nights that really offers progression and support for the acts, there’s always a really nice sense of community there.

What do you do when you are not working?

Catch up on Corrie. Go to the pub. I love travelling, and much to my surprise I’ve recently started enjoying exercise… especially Yoga. But mostly (and please excuse my GCSE French answer here) I spend time with my family and friends.

If you had to recommend one place to visit in Manchester where would it be?

That is a really difficult one! I’m going to have to say John Rylands Library. It’s gorgeous.

You previewed this show last year at New Adelphi Theatre. What would you like to tell audiences who think they’ve seen the show already about how it has developed?

I’ve had the opportunity, through working with SICK! Festival to do further research into endometriosis, I’ve worked with more women who suffer with chronic illness and had the space and time to really evaluate the impact the disease has had on my life. Considering feedback from the preview the show now delves deeper into the reality of day to day living with endometriosis and also the medical effects on your body. I would like to think the show is now more varied in tone and a well-rounded piece of theatre.

And final question, with no ulterior motive… care to plug any upcoming shows?

YES! Why do you think I let you buy me a pint? Haha. I’ll be premiering The Year My Vagina Tried To Kill Me in October as part of SICK! Festival. I’m dead excited about it, people that like laughing and fannies should come.

So that’s Amy! If you would like to hear more about her bodily functions, we’ll see you at Martin Harris Centre soon!

The Year My Vagina Tried To Kill Me

2 + 3 October, 8.30pm
Martin Harris Centre

Amy was diagnosed with endometriosis in 2016. Now she’s here to relive twelve years of misdiagnosis, toilet-based mishaps and failed one-night stands.