Calendar Girls is a hugely popular play about friendship, love and loss. It is an endearing comedy which celebrates women who have not ‘gone to seed’ but are at their most glorious – as real, quirky, funny, heartfelt, wholesome women: the svelte and the lumpy; the stars and the wallflowers. You may have women just like this in your own life – if you do, you are very lucky. Join the women of the WI in northern England on their journey from tai chi to chips via a whirlwind of tears, trepidation, triumph and above all, laughter.
Calendar Girls has been a massive hit on stages throughout the world. It is based on the true story of members of a Women’s Institute in England who created an “alternative” WI calendar to raise funds for the Leukaemia Research Foundation following the death of one of their husbands. They took traditional WI activities, jam-making, crafts, gardening, baking and so on and added a little twist by being photographed doing these in the nude. The Alternative WI Calendar was such an unexpected success that in just nine months back in 1998 it raised over R11 million (at today’s value). John Baker (his real name) worked in the Yorkshire Dales and did indeed enjoy growing sunflowers, the enduring symbol of this play.
Calendar Girls shows at the Playhouse, Lourensford Rd/Swalle St, Somerset West from 11th – 19th March. Tickets R100 via Computicket or Box Office. Early booking is recommended!
Afternoons at 3pm: Sat March 11, Sat 18, Sun 19.
Evenings at 7.30pm: Sat March 11, Tue 14, Wed 15, Thu 16, Fri 17, Sat 18
This amateur production is presented by special arrangement by Samuel French.