Thursday 24 May 2018

Drama group bares all for two good causes

Fintan Lambe

WEXFORD'S own Calendar Girls were unveiled at Gorey Little Theatre last Wednesday night. The award winning Rasper Players are getting ready to stage the hit play 'Calendar Girls' and part of that, the group has produced a glamorous 2014 'Calendar Girls' calendar in the spirit of the play and the film.

The show centres around a group of women from the Women's Institute in Yorkshire who set about raising money for a cancer charity by baring all for a calendar. Strategically placed objects in the photos helped maintain their dignity.

Cast member, and PRO for the Raspers Sally Stevens said that when the play was selected, the group decided to do the calendar as well. It features the ten women and four men from the cast. It is on sale in local shops for €10 and proceeds go to the Hospice Care at Gorey District Hospital, and to The HOPE Centre in Enniscorthy. The photography was done by Alan 'Nallo' O'Connor.

Speaking at the well attended launch, the show's director Reidin Dunne promised a very funny show with good sentiments about people looking after each other in good times and in bad.

Anne Coakley, Matron of Gorey Hospital, and Bernie Kirwan from The HOPE Centre thanked The Rasper Players for their support and wished them well in their endeavours. Mayor of Wexford, George Lawlor, was invited to launch the calendar, and he congratulated them on the project.

The show stars Gillian Tallon, Mairead Fahy, Maggs Jacob, Catherine Stafford, Jan Cullen, Sally Stevens, Carmel Byrne, Eileen Porter, Sinead Healy, Mary Hurley, Stephen Acton, Angus Laverty, Roly Woods, and Eamonn O'Sheil. Calendar Girls will play at Gorey Little Theatre from Wednesday, September 11, to Saturday, September 14, at 8 p.m. and early booking is advised. Tickets at €10 can be booked on 087 3345645.

Gorey Guardian

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