Calendar Girls

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Very excited to be back on the boards again in October and playing a role that is very close to my heart – Mr John Baker in Calendar Girls

Often described as the female version of The Full Monty (one scene was filmed in our old house in Sheffield!), Calendar Girls is a true story.

When Annie’s husband John dies of leukaemia, she and best friend Chris decide to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room.
They manage to persuade four fellow WI 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 new-­‐found 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 is the fastest selling play in British theatre history.

The hugely successful play by Tim Firth first played at Chichester Festival Theatre on 5th September 2008.

For my audition, I did my best to match the sheer brilliance of the dearly departed Mr Pete Posthlethwaite and his memorable monologue rejecting the award in Brassed Off. Gets me every time. RIP Mr Pete.

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