Produced in Singapore for 6 shows only!
Show Dates:8th – 12th March 2017.
Evening performances (Thurs-Sat) 8:00 PM; Matinees (Sat/Sun): 2:00PM
Venue:SOTA Studio Theatre, 1 Zubir Said Drive, Singapore 227968
Tickets:$37 (Wed/Thu/Matinees) $42 (Fri/Sat) $22 Students
Tickets available January 05th 2017 at SISTIC
Hotline: 6348 5555
The Stage Club is delighted to present Calendar Girls, by Tim Firth,based on real life events in a small town in Yorkshire, England.
This production is directed by experienced performer and director, Susie Penrice Tyrie. This largely female and international cast will bring to life the wonderful story, of friendship and empowerment, showing what can be achieved when people work together for something they believe passionately in.
Calendar Girls is a delightful comedic drama about the triumph of all that is good in human nature overcoming some of the worst things that fate can throw at it. It speaks of the power of community and friendship. Directly and indirectly Calendar Girls increases awareness of leukemia as well as garners donations for research and help for underprivileged sufferers of it.
Calendar Girls tells the story of a women’s group (The Women’s Institute) who meet to do good within the community. When one member’s husband (John) contracts leukemia and dies, she (Annie) and her 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, Cora, Celia, Ruth and Jessie to pose nude with them for an ‘alternative’ calendar. The news of the women’s charitable venture spreads like wildfire, and hordes of press soon descend on their small community hall, in a village in the heart of Yorkshire. The calendar showing ordinary women looking beautiful as they pose in nude yet in the most discreet fashion, is a great success and they manage to raise more money than any of them could have dreamt of. Not only can they supply a more comfortable settee, the amount of money is more than enough to build a new hospital wing to help treat other patients with cancer and leukemia.
These wonderful women may have taken a big step in their help to combat a terrible disease, but Chris and Annie’s friendship is put to the test under the strain of their new-found celebrity. The question of selling-out for media attention versus sticking to principles is raised. This conflict in the story is particularly relevant to all those who today pursue fame. This thread illustrates what truly is important in life.
This is no fantasy though. This chain of events occurred in real life. The play is based on what happened when eleven WI members posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukemia Research Fund.
It’s not a tale – it’s an inspiration!
The play Calendar Girls opened at the Chichester Festival Theatre in 2008 and hit London’s theatre-land in the West End in 2009. It has toured Britain, been performed in North America and has since become the fastest selling play in British theatre history.
It is hoped that all those who watch this play leave with a feeling that they too can take responsibility and overcome their problems whatever, and make things work for them.
Not just for the Calendar Girls …. anything is possible, for all for us!
As in the best traditions of vaudevillian fan dances, the art of the play’s nudity lies in what is withheld. The choreography of this sequence is best described as ‘’fabulous concealment’’. Should we see anything weoughtn’t, the whole scene will deflate like a soufflé on which the oven door has been opened too quickly.