Aiming to break a record for most performances of a single play in a 12 month period it was the turn of The Miller Centre Theatre Company to be one of the first amateur theatre groups to stage their version of Calendar Girls. There are over 200 other theatre groups putting it on between September 2012 – September 2013.
The play has proved to be a great start to our season selling out the entire 10 performances and the cast have even taken their “method acting” to include making their own calendar! Funds raised going to the charity Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research which is set to have a boost to the £20 million they need to run each year with the 200 + shows throughout this year raising much-needed capital for them.
I lost a friend to this vicious cancer last year and was surprised how this play touched me, it’s a bittersweet tale and the cast bare all bringing it to life. Keith Orton’s set is especially clever and took us from the church hall to Yorkshire Dales with the sliding of two walls. It takes you from laughing heartily to having a lump in your throat and tear in your eye, as we see this group of friends seek to raise money by their unorthodox Women’s Institute Calendar.
I’m certain if you’re in the UK, a theatre group will be performing this near you, support them baring their all, and support the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research by seeing it and giving generously.