Calendar Girls is based on the true story of a group of Yorkshire women who produced a nude calendar in 1999 to raise money for leukaemia research. This latest Jally Productions stage show will take to The Events Centre stage on Friday 7th March at 7.30pm.
The 2003 film of the same name starred Helen Mirren and Julie Walters in the leading roles.
The stage play differs slightly from the film by focusing on exploring the dynamics of a small town chapter of the Women’s Institute, an English women’s group much like the CWA.
It follows what happens when the husband of one of the members is diagnosed with cancer, and her determination to do something meaningful in his memory when he dies. As the plot progresses, the action touches on the individual stories of the widow’s friends.
The audience catches glimpses of the losses in each of their lives: the uptight group leader, the golf widow, the young woman with the womanising husband, the unsuccessful businesswoman and the retired school teacher.
All this is revealed as a daring plan is hatched to produce a calendar in the hope of raising enough money to buy a comfortable couch for the oncology ward’s waiting room. At first glance it looks like your classic WI calendar. Except for one thing…the ladies are not naked, they’re nude.’
The show features a cast of 12 and has already played to packed audiences in Redcliffe, Gympie and Noosa.
A very English story with a very English heart, Calendar Girls is quirky, poignant and hilarious. Adapted by Tim Firth from the Miramax film of the same name, it is based on an uplifting and very inspiring true story.
VENUE: The Events Centre, Caloundra
DATES: Friday 7 March
TIME: 7.30pm Show
TICKETS: Full Price: $32.00, Concession & Groups 10+: $28.00 PRE-SHOW DINING: 5.30pm