Prepare yourself for Grantham’s cheeky Calendar Girls

Grantham Dramatic Society's production of Caldendar Girls.
Grantham Dramatic Society's production of Caldendar Girls.
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Actresses will be baring all from Wednesday, November 7, in Grantham Dramatic Society’s production of Calendar Girls.

The play is on limited non-professional release and groups all over the country are putting on the play this year, so this is your chance to see Grantham’s own version. A proportion of each licence fee is being donated to Leukaemia Research. Hugely successful in the West End and on tour, Calendar Girls has captured the hearts and tickled the ribs of audiences all over the country.

When Annie’s husband dies of Leukaemia, she and best friend Chris persuade their friends in the Women’s Institute to help raise funds for a new hospital settee. Their plan? To pose for a cheeky nude calendar. Their story spreads around the world, but new-found fame challenges friendships and tests relationships. This heart-warmingly hilarious, poignant and hopeful true story is a celebration of love, friendship and beauty - both inside and out.

“It’s a fantastic story, and so well-written,” said Society chairperson Helen Pack. “The author has us in stitches one moment, and tugs at the heartstrings the next. It’s moving and inspiring, but is first and foremost a wonderful comedy. The choreography of the ‘nude’ scenes is challenging, not least to our actors’ courage, but it’s all done in the best possible taste. Just like in the original calendar the scene is more cheeky than revealing, and creates a magical atmosphere.”

GDS has also produced a charity calendar, in the spirit of the original Calendar Girls, with the aim of raising £3000 for local charity St Barnabas Hospice. Calendars will be on sale at the performances, and are available from St Barnabas Hospice charity shop, Cafe Leo and Fox Music for £6 each.

Calendar Girls will be staged at the Guildhall from Wednesday, November 7, to Saturday, November 10, at 7.30pm nightly. Tickets are available from the Guildhall on 01476 406158. Visit www.granthamdramaticsociety.co.uk for more information about the production or calendar.