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Calendar Girls

By Tim Firth
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Based on the Miramax Film by Juliette Towhidi and Tim Firth
Directed by Hannah Sayer
3rd – 13th May 2023 at 8:00pm
Matinee on May 13th at 2:30pm

If I’m not going to get them out now… when am I?

Calendar Girls, with a script by Tim Firth, who also co-wrote the movie, achieves exactly what it sets out to do. It makes you laugh, it makes you cry, and it leaves you feeling better about life than you did when you entered the theatre

The Telegraph

Charity performances on 3rd and 4th May for Blood Cancer UK and the Jessica Brady CEDAR Trust (Cancer, Early Diagnosis, Awareness, Research).

This amateur production of "Calendar Girls" is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd.on behalf of Samuel French Ltd. www.concordtheatricals.co.uk.

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.

The story of the calendar girls swept the whole world up in 1999-2000, when their ‘nude’ photos appeared in what was then known as ‘the 2000 Alternative WI Calendar’. It was released on 12th April 1999 and became a runaway success, selling out in the first week. Calendar Girls was inspired by the death of Angela Baker’s husband John, who died from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the age of 54 in 1998. During his illness, John’s friends began to raise money, initially with the aim of purchasing a sofa for the visitors’ lounge in the hospital where John was treated. Nothing could have prepared them for the way their original calendar took off.

To date, they’ve raised over £5 million for blood cancer research.

The story is heart-warming, joyful and raw. Friendships are tested and bonds are strengthened. The whole play is about embracing all women regardless of age, ethnicity or size. A true celebration of women, by women, for everyone.

CAST & CREATIVE TEAM

Directed by
Hannah Sayer

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Calendar Girls, with a script by Tim Firth, who also co-wrote the movie, achieves exactly what it sets out to do. It makes you laugh, it makes you cry, and it leaves you feeling better about life than you did when you entered the theatre

The Telegraph

The play induces a few tears along with joy and laughter.

The British Theatre Guide

Unashamedly sentimental and full of heart and bare-faced cheek, Tim Firth’s stage adaptation of his own film script, inspired by the group of Yorkshire WI members who stripped off for a charity calendar to raise money for Leukaemia Research, should rake in a bob or two itself.

The Guardian

Smash-hit show… hilarious yet touching play.

InformedEDINBURGH.co.uk

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Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Statement

At the Barn we are committed to promoting equality and challenging discrimination in all its forms. We strive to create a safe and inclusive environment for all members of the cast and creative team, regardless of their race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity and will not tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment.

Calendar Girls

In this production of Calendar Girls we are committed to ensuring it does not perpetuate harmful stereotypes or prejudices while staying true to the original intentions of the playwright. The casting characteristics specified by the playwright do not revolve around race or gender as essential to the narrative. Therefore, we invite actors of all ages, ethnicities, and genders to audition for the play. Our aim is to create a respectful and authentic reimagining of Calendar Girls with a mixed ensemble cast, embracing the diversity of our performers whilst continuing to value artistic interpretation and remaining dedicated to fostering an inclusive and diverse production.

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