After a hugely successful run in October, Letterkenny Music and Drama Group, All Ireland Award winners 2012, stage Calendar Girls again in An Grianán Theatre from 21st to 23rd February. Three nights only!
This show was completely sold out two days before opening night when it was staged in October last year and is very well booked out already for this run, so book immediately if you wish to see it! While the play is hilarious, the story is one which touches us all. The complexity of friendships and relationships are explored in the play bringing us very tense dramatic moments of theatre alongside laugh out loud situations.
The comedy takes us on ups and downs through the antics of the adventurous ladies from questionable tai chi on the hill tops to the actual shooting of the calendar itself in all its wonderful glory and indeed all their own wonderful glory in the calendar.
Calendar Girls by Tim Firth, is based on the true story of John Baker’s death. John Baker died in 1998 after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphona and this was the inspiration for the original calendar. His wife, Angela, friend Tricia and a group of ladies from the Women’s Institute in
Yorkshire, England, decided to pose in a ‘nude’ calendar and raise money for their local hospital.
After the last production the LMDG presented €9000 to the Oncology & Breast Care Unit, Letterkenny General Hospital
In the play we meet two best friends, Chris, played by Geraldine Galligan, a seasoned actress who brings great life to this character and Annie (John’s wife), played by Rosemarie Gildea, who returns to the stage to bring us laughs galore. Affected by the loss of Annie’s husband John, played by well known local actor, James Mc Garrigle, to leukaemia, Chris and Annie decide to bring their Women’s Institute friends together to create a calendar to raise money in memory of John.
Their friends include Ruth, played by the charismatic Ursula Molloy, no stranger to the stage in Letterkenny and more recently with the Glenswilly Players; Cora, played by Ciara Murphy, who debuts with LMDG in this sensitive poignant role; Jessie, played by Margaret Timoney, who also debuts with LDMG; Celia and Maria played brilliantly by the very experienced actresses, Kate Doherty and Mairead
Hennessy; Elaine played by Elaine Gillespie, fresh from her Best Actress All Ireland Award from The 39 Steps; Brenda, played by Margaret Hannon and completing the women’s ensemble, Lady Cravenshire,
played by Tanya Mc Laughlin. Other male parts are played by Diarmuid O’Gallchóir the delectable ‘Rod’, ‘Liam’ by Derek O’Sullivan also making his debut performance with LMDG and the infamous photographer himself, Lawrence, played by Kieran Kelly, again fresh from The 39 Steps.
Of course, where would any play be without the back-stage crew? Fiona McDaid and all her crew are now of course no strangers to the demands of a play of this calibre following on their All Ireland Awards. Niall Cranney and Paul Rooney are in the demanding areas of lighting and sound.
The play follows the hugely successful run of the LMDG’s recent multi award winning The 39 Steps which packed theatres from here to Dublin last year – collecting the All Ireland Trophy and an unprecedented 55 awards along the way. Producer/Director Pluincéad Ó Fearraigh returns to bring us a great night of laughs and tears and possibly a few raised eyebrows!
In a classic life imitating art, LMDG have also produced its own calendar for 2013, with all profits going to the Oncology Unit in Letterkenny General Hospital. Calendars will be on sale at the performances.
The play on the first night, 21st February is in aid of the The Buddy Bear and Barretstown Charities.