Saturday, 18 November 2023 Red Tree Theatre
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This heartwarming play finds its roots in a true story that unfolded in the Yorkshire Dales. Crafted by Tim Firth, renowned for his adeptness in capturing the nuances of human emotions, "Calendar Girls" first graced the stage in 2008, inspired by a group of extraordinary women who banded together to create a charitable calendar featuring tastefully posed nude photographs.
Set amidst the rustic charm of the Yorkshire countryside, Firth's narrative navigates the lives of these spirited women, bound by their resolve to raise funds in memory of a loved one. Their journey unfolds against the backdrop of a Women's Institute meeting, a testament to the power of camaraderie and the unyielding strength of the human spirit.
"Calendar Girls" encapsulates elements of comedy and drama, deftly interwoven to evoke laughter, tears, and a profound sense of admiration. It captures the zeitgeist of the early 2000s, a period marked by changing social norms and the celebration of female solidarity.
Under the guidance of award winning director Joshua Maxwell, Red Tree Theatre promises a poignant rendition that pays homage to the original production's emotive depth. Maxwell's vision aims to envelop audiences in the heartwarming journey of these indomitable women, fostering an emotional connection that transcends the stage.
As tickets for this limited engagement go on sale, theatre enthusiasts are invited to immerse themselves in an evening of laughter, poignancy, and unbridled inspiration. "Calendar Girls" at Red Tree Theatre stands as a testament to the enduring power of friendship, courage, and the pursuit of a noble cause.
This May, Red Tree Theatre beckons audiences to embrace the warmth and sincerity of "Calendar Girls," a production that celebrates the triumph of the human spirit amidst life's trials and tribulations.
Wyong Drama Group last presented "Calendar Girls" at Wyong Memorial Hall in 2013, directed by Howard Oxley.
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When Annie's husband John dies of leukemia, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade four fellow Women's Institute members to pose nude with them for an "alternative" calendar, with a little help from hospital porter and amateur photographer Lawrence. The news of the women's charitable venture spreads like wildfire, and hordes of press soon descend on the small village of Knapeley in the Yorkshire Dales. The calendar is a success, but Chris and Annie's friendship is put to the test under the strain of their newfound fame.
Based on the true story of eleven WI members who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukaemia Research Fund, Calendar Girls opened at the Chichester Festival Theatre and has since become the fastest-selling play in British theatre history.
Red Tree Theatre is presenting Calendar Girls at Red Tree Theatre Fri, 17th to 24th May '24
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