Calendar Girls hit Bunbury stage

HAYLEY DAVISBunbury Herald

Artfully placed stage items and cupcakes have been essential to managing wardrobe malfunctions in the Australian production of Calendar Girls, according to director Alli Pope.

The show, heading to Bunbury next week, is the fastest selling show in British history.

It is based on the true story of a group of Women’s Institute members who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for Leukaemia research.

The story is based on one of the Institute’s members, Annie, who lobbied the group to run a fundraiser after her husband died from leukaemia

Pope, who also stars as “Miss September”, said it had been one of the highlights of her career.

“I’ve been thrilled to be a part of it — it’s just been a joy to work with all the girls, ” she said.

“The most challenging part has been strategically placing the cupcakes and Christmas decorations.”

The Calendar Girls stage production is an adaptation of the 2003 film starring Helen Mirren and Julie Walters.

Pope is no stranger to nudity on stage and said she had been overwhelmed at how popular the show was during its run in Australia.

“We’re travelling to 46 venues in total and it has just been so well received, ” she said.

“I think most people find they are able to relate to something in the show and if anything it’s a good giggle.”

Calendar Girls will come to the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre on May 29.

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