NODA Review: Calendar Girls
Kidderminster Operatic and Dramatic Society
Reviewed by: Trevor Guest
Friday 21 September 2012
Rose Theatre, Kidderminster
Director: Pat Scully
A letter from Ruth Madoc to the cast said that this play is “A superb piece of theatre”, how right she is. “Calendar Girls” brings the gamut of emotions from hilarious laughter to immensely sad. A superb production by Director Pat Scully totally engrossed the audience from the very beginning.
The play was brought to life by an excellent cast with every character well drawn and sustained throughout the whole performance. The opening scene in the church hall with the ladies of the WI trying to carry out aerobic exercises was extremely funny and introduced each character to the audience The scene in which John (Chris Paine) in a wheelchair, having deteriorated from a robust countryman to a skeleton riddled with cancer was heart wrenching and many tears were shed by the audience as well as the cast. After John’s death John’s wife Annie (Jackie Rutland) and Chris (Jill Parmenter), set out to raise funds to purchase a settee for the local hospital waiting room by selling cakes and jam etc, but Chris has the idea to produce a saucy calendar, with each member of the WI appearing semi-nude on each month through the year, and a full group photo in December. Well, you know the rest of the story.
The ladies nakedness (well nearly) was tastefully and sexily accomplished and totally amused the audience. The brave ladies were in no way embarrassed and absolutely enjoyed themselves and so did we. A wonderful cast and a production to be proud of fully deserving the standing ovation at the end.