Art im­i­tates life as Cal­en­dar Girls take to the stage

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - SHOWS -

OLD Coast Lit­tle The­atre’s sea­son of Cal­en­dar Girls is on track to sell out – be­fore the cur­tain even rises on Satur­day’s pre­miere.

The strong de­mand for tick­ets is a dream come true for di­rec­tor He­len Maden, who says the show is a trib­ute to the com­pany’s late life mem­ber and di­rec­tor Mar­ion Parry.

Maden took over the show from Parry af­ter Parry be­came ill.

‘‘When Mar­ion be­came ill and asked if I would like to take it on, I felt like it was what I was meant to do,’’ she says.

‘‘It’s an hon­our she trusted me with a show she had longed to pro­duce.’’

Cal­en­dar Girls stars Au­drey Todd, Laney McLean, Lil­ias Davie, Jodie Barnes, Del Halpin and Dawn China.

‘‘We all want the show to be a huge suc­cess in Mar­ion’s mem­ory,’’ she says.

Cal­en­dar Girls is based on a real-life story which was adapted into a global film hit star­ring He­len Mir­ren, Julie Walters and an ensem­ble cast of vet­eran British ac­tresses.

The funny, poignant and up­lift­ing story fol­lows the fundrais­ing ef­forts of a women’s char­ity af­ter the hus­band of one mem­ber dies of leukaemia.

The woman’s friends come up with the rev­o­lu­tion­ary idea of pos­ing nude for a cal­en­dar to raise money for the lo­cal hospi­tal. A me­dia storm fol­lows.

In a case of art life im­i­tat­ing art, the Gold Coast Lit­tle The­atre team has pro­duced its own of­fi­cial cal­en­dar in con­junc­tion with its sea­son of Cal­en­dar Girls. Pro­ceeds will ben­e­fit the Queens­land Leukaemia Foun­da­tion.

Maden hopes the show will pro­vide its au­di­ence with both an en­rich­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and some belly laughs.

‘‘The char­ac­ters are very real,’’ she says.

‘‘This all ac­tu­ally hap­pened to a group of fab­u­lous, brave women who em­braced their in­ner beauty for the love of a dear friend.’’

opens at Gold Coast Lit­tle The­atre , South­port, on Satur­day and plays Thursdays to Satur­days at 8pm un­til De­cem­ber 8, with 2pm mati­nees on Novem­ber 25 and De­cem­ber 2.

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