‘Calendar Girls’ hand over charity cash

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A string of performances of West End smash hit, The Calendar Girls, has raised more than £600 to help fight cancer.

The show which was put on by Whitby Amateur Dramatic Society (WADS) at Whitby Pavilion over Easter enjoyed record audiences and glowing reviews for what members said was their most ambitious production yet.

The play by Tim Frith is based on the true story of a group of Yorkshire Womens Institute members who produced a, “nude” calendar for charity.

This followed the death of one of their husbands to cancer.

With raffles, donations and Gift Aid, the society was able to send over £600 to the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research charity, the official charity of the original Calendar Girls.

Chairman of WADS, Ian Dobson, said: “The reaction of our audiences to both the play and the charity was incredibly generous.

“Most people have a relative that they have lost to cancer and the sad part of the play really caught a nerve for many but the overall effect of it was very uplifting.”

The society is now in rehearsal for, ‘Summer End’, a comedy thriller by Eric Chappell who wrote Rising Damp for television and, ‘Wife after Death’, WADS successful summer production last year.

Karen McCarthy who played Ruth in, ‘Calendar Girls’ returns to direct Alison Steele, Anne Dobson, Ian Dobson, Angela Guiver and Hannah Barnett-Savage in this who done it.

The show runs for three nights over the Spring Bank weekend, beginning on Saturday 25 May and continuing on Sunday 26 and Monday 27 May.

Showings are all at 7.30pm.

Tickets are now available priced £6 from Whitby Pavilion Theatre box office in person, by calling (01947 )604855 or from www.whitbypavilion.co.uk