Calendar girls is 'dazzlingly funny'

Calendar Girls will be staged at the Stawell Entertainment Centre next week.

Calendar Girls will be staged at the Stawell Entertainment Centre next week.

STAWELL - Why not give mum an early Mother's Day gift and treat her to a night of fun and laughter when the acclaimed 'Calendar Girls' comes to the Stawell Entertainment Centre.

Stawell Regional Arts in association with Jally Entertainment is presenting Calendar Girls on Tuesday May 6.

Based on the true story of eleven Woman's Institute members who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukaemia Research Fund, Calendar Girls became the fastest selling play in British theatre history, received the What's On Stage Award for Best New Comedy in 2010 and is now a worldwide comedy hit!

When Annie's husband John dies from Leukaemia, she and her best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new sofa in the local hospital waiting room.

They manage to persuade four fellow Woman's Institute members to pose nude with them for an 'alternative' calendar. With their modesty spared only by artfully placed cakes, knitting and flower arrangements, and a little help from the hospital porter and an amateur photographer they complete their calendar.

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 (UK). The calendar is a huge success, but Chris and Annie's friendship is put to the test under the strain of their new-found fame.

'It's marvellous theatre, guaranteed to make you laugh, cry and come out singing Jerusalem'. Mail on Sunday

'Dazzlingly funny, shamelessly sentimental and utterly captivating ... the mingling of pathos and comedy here is simply unbeatable'. Spectator

Stawell Regional Arts, which is supported by the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria, is proud to be associated with presenting 'Calendar Girls' at the Stawell Entertainment Centre on Tuesday May 6 commencing at 7.30 pm. Doors open at 6.30pm. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the start time.

Tickets are available at Stawell Library (03) 5358 1274 with the cost being $30/ticket for general admission and $25/ticket for Stawell Regional Arts members, students 16 years and under and accompanied by an adult will be admitted free. Tickets will also be available for purchase on the day at the door at a cost of $35 / ticket. Coffee/tea and cake will be available for purchase during the interval For additional details contact David on either (03)5358 2059 or djc2@bigpond.com

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