Harleston Players bare all for Calendar Girls
A group of Norfolk 'Calendar Girls' are baring all for their art, and for charity, by publishing their own cheeky fundraising calendar.
Harleston Players will be staging the hit show, written by Tim Firth, in the autumn – the story about some extraordinary women in an ordinary Yorkshire Women's Institute group who persuade one another to pose nude for a charity calendar.
Following in their footsteps, women in the Harleston amateur dramatics group have posed for their own calendar at locations around the town – including a pub, hairdressers and a farm.
Director Sara Curtis said: 'Each month represents an important element that goes into a production: for example, the costume ladies, painting the scenery, front of house, the cast, producer and the director.
'In some months we've recreated iconic scenes from past productions (with a twist!), including 'Allo 'Allo, Maskerade and A Christmas Carol.'
She added: 'All the proceeds from the calendar will be split between Leukaemia Research and Breast Cancer Research, a cause very close to many of the ladies, as six of the 'Pink Ladies' from the Tractor Road Run have posed for the calendar.'
Producer Helen Farrar said: 'It's been great fun and everyone's been very supportive. Libby Searle took the photographs and she did a splendid job. Pictures were taken at the Cherry Tree pub, Annie Chapman's farm, Roberts for Hair, Suzie Capon's house and the high school and we're very grateful to them all.'
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The original Calendar Girls, as they became known, dedicated their calendar to John Baker who had died the previous year in 1998 from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. They initially aimed to raise money for a new sofa for the hospital where he was being treated. To date, they have raised more than �1.5m for Leukaemia Research.
The final Harleston photo-shoot took place at the weekend, and the calendars will go on sale at the end of August in local shops. They will also be available at performances.
Calendar Girls will be performed at Archbishop Sancroft High School in Harleston on Friday, October 26, Saturday, October 27, Wednesday, October 31, Thursday, November 1, Friday, November 2, and Saturday, November 3 (including matinee).
Tickets for the show will be available from Harleston Pet Stores from September 17.