Original 'Calendar Girl' at Loughborough Town Hall
The Loughborough Festival Players are now only a week away from presenting their production of Calendar Girls and are delighted to be welcoming one of the original Calendar Girls, Beryl Bamforth ( the original Miss January) to the Friday night performance, Friday October 12th at 7.30pm, and hope that her presence will help to further raise awareness of the work of LLR.
The work of the original Calendar Girls is dedicated to the memory of John Baker who sadly died from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 1998 aged 54. In 1999, Angela Baker and her friends from Yorkshire’s Rylstone and District WI decided to pose for a nude fundraising calendar. The the calendar attracted international press attention and became a 2003 Hollywood movie starring Helen Mirren and Julie Walters. The stage show has now become a phenomenon in its own right, as amateur theatre groups have stampeded to secure the rights to perform this modern classic during the limited window.
The Festival Players have chosen to support the Leicester & Rutland branch of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research in their own forthcoming production, to be true to the roots of the story but also reflecting the local relevance of the charity and its work. Their total commitment is reflected in the fact that the actresses cast in the play have also posed nude for the Festival Players’ own calendar from which all profits will be donated to LLR.
The production runs from Wednesday October 10th until Saturday October 13th 2012, including a matinee performance on Saturday October 13th 2012. Festival Players Artistic Director Nick Grainger said “We have made the Friday performance our charity performance and hope to be donating well in excess of £1000 to Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research from the sale of tickets alone.
“The first night is now sold out and other performances look to be going in the same direction”
Tickets for Calendar Girls and The Festival Players 2013 Calendar Girls Calendar can be purchased from Loughborough Town Hall Box office priced at £11&£12 and £5 respectively.
Loughborough Festival Players
The Festival Players is an amateur theatre group based in Loughborough. Formed in 1954, the society made Loughborough Town Hall its home in 2009.
Contact: Artistic Director Nick Grainger on 07906 236651
Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research
Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research is dedicated to improving treatments and finding cures for all blood cancers, which includes leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.
Although blood cancer is perceived as uncommon, 12,000 people die from a blood cancer in the UK every year, which is equal to or more than the number of people who die from breast or prostate cancer. Nearly half of all adults diagnosed with a blood cancer will not survive.
Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research is investing £10 million into research and clinical trials to beat blood cancer in the Midlands. There is currently £425,000 invested in the University of Leicester.
The Leicester & Rutland Branch of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research has been raising funds and awareness locally for 40 years, one of many such branches throughout the Midlands.
For further information contact Alison Smith
07789 868706 / 01664 840037 or firstname.lastname@example.org