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Pamela DeMenthe presents eVULVAlution Photo credit: Rachel Wrigley
Pamela DeMenthe presents eVULVAlution Photo credit: Rachel Wrigley

eVULVAlution Review at The Lowry

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In the past year Pamela DeMenthe has gone from nuclear scientist to publishing guru. Together with her polyamorous husband the couple has set up a publishing empire for her erotic fiction.

Pamela likes to sell herself as the thinking woman’s E.L James with titles like ‘Panties Inferno’ and one for the GDPR age: ‘S.T.D. Sexually Transmitted Data’

Pamela DeMenthe presents eVULVAlution Photo credit: Rachel Wrigley
Pamela DeMenthe presents eVULVAlution Photo credit: Rachel Wrigley

She’s been pumping them out at a rate of one every three days, cutting and pasting Wikipedia pages between the sex scenes. Yet after a few personal issues – which she candidly explains – Pamela has hit the metaphorical wall of ‘Writer’s Block’.

Undeterred, she pushes ahead and publishes her new novel anyway – the novelty being you make the ending up yourself. And here we are at the launch of her new idea of the book without an ending, ‘eVULVAlution’ – a time-travelling, prehistoric erotic fiction romp…set in Hull.

Pamela DeMenthe presents eVULVAlution Photo credit: Rachel Wrigley
Pamela DeMenthe presents eVULVAlution Photo credit: Rachel Wrigley

But what starts of as quite an ordinary book launch, with a read passage from the author, turns into a hilarious adventure, in which Pamela not only acts out scenes from her book, but gets the audience to join in too.

Ok, you might be thinking at this point, surely joining an on-stage Neanderthal orgy is a step too far? But what Pamela lacks in literary skills, her creator, Jenny May Morgan makes up for in her brilliantly crafted and intelligent comedy.

Pamela DeMenthe presents eVULVAlution Photo credit: Rachel Wrigley
Pamela DeMenthe presents eVULVAlution Photo credit: Rachel Wrigley

It is the little details Jenny includes that make this parody stand-out. She takes prehistoric hand paintings and imagines them being formed by some lustful dance. Soon the audience is pushing their hands forward, stamping their feet, and chanting the oohh–aahhhs she cajoled them into reading along with at the start of the story.

The wannabee paleontologist then gets down and dirty to ascertain the brown matter she finds on the ground is actual Neanderthal excrement.

Pamela DeMenthe presents eVULVAlution Photo credit: Rachel Wrigley
Pamela DeMenthe presents eVULVAlution Photo credit: Rachel Wrigley

It’s all about authenticity for the character and for Jenny, whose expertly maneuvered mobility scooter goes into a time-travelling mode if it breaks the 8mph speed limit. Like the best character comedy, DeMenthe is well-observed and then exaggerated for surreal comic effect.

And like the best popular novelists, DeMenthe has us hooked and waiting for her next installment.  

eVULVAlution is at The Lowry on 4-5 April 2019 and returns to Waterside, Sale in July.

Read our interview with Jenny May Morgan aka Pamela DeMenthe.

Written by
Carmel Thomason
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Written by Carmel Thomason