Forest Holme Hospice has been chosen as one of the local charities to benefit from the Churchill production of the Calendar Girls by Tim Firth at the Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne (November 7 – 11).
Wearing little more than a smile, the local cast will play out the inspiring true story of a group of Yorkshire WI members who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukaemia Research Fund.
Award-winning, amateur actress Tracie Beardsley says: “When I was cast as Celia in Calendar Girls (she’s the one with the big buns) and was told that profits from the show would go to local cancer charities – I put Forest Holme Hospice forward.
“I will never forget the way Forest Holme Hospice looked after my friend Stephanie Penrose and I think raising money through this show is particularly apt as it revolves around photographs – an interest very close to Steph’s heart. My only regret is that she is not here to see the show.”
Diane Platt, charity manager at Forest Holme Hospice, says: “It was the loss of Calendar Girl Angela Baker’s husband John to cancer that spurred the women on to make the calendar and the rest is history!
“Here at Forest Holme Hospice we are inspired every day by the strength and commitment of our patients and their families as they deal with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. We are delighted to have the support of the play and are looking forward to an uplifting performance.”
Adapted from the blockbuster film, the play has also broken box office records to become the fastest-selling tour in UK theatre history.
Tickets are available at www.tivoliwimborne.co.uk or call 01202 885566. Original calendars produced by the cast are currently on sale from Forest Holme Hospice, call 01202 670644 for more information.