Bramham Calendar Girls

Bramham Calendar Girls cast, from left, Suze Shelbrooke, Emma Little, Chris Wray, Caroline Stangroom, Emily Roberts and Becky Zimmerman. (S)
Bramham Calendar Girls cast, from left, Suze Shelbrooke, Emma Little, Chris Wray, Caroline Stangroom, Emily Roberts and Becky Zimmerman. (S)

Excitement is mounting, not to mention a certain degree of nervousness, as Bramham Drama Group members rehearse for their own interpretation of the highly successful stage version of Calendar Girls.

The amateur rights to the play, written by Tim Firth who penned the original screenplay, have been released for a limited 18-month period and director, Alison Mackie, is keen to bring the play to the Wetherby area after seeing a similar production in Huddersfield earlier this year.

Alison said: “The play is so much more than just a group of middle-aged women taking their clothes off for a charity calendar.

“As in real life, the script is written about women with very different characters and personalities and the play demonstrates the highs and lows they experience together through their membership of the WI.

“And we shouldn’t forget the serious thread running through this true-life story.”

She added: “We’ve seen an increased interest in our drama group over the past two to three years, with several new faces joining us recently, so I felt we had the right combination of talented amateurs to tackle this ambitious play.

“I really feel we can do it justice.”

In recognition of the charity supported by the original Calendar Girls, a collection will be made at each performance for the local branch of Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

In conjunction with Bramham Parish Church, a special edition calendar is planned using photos of the cast, proceeds of which will go towards the running costs of Bramham Parish Church.

Businesses or individuals wishing to sponsor a page of the calendar should contact Rev Stanley Menzies on 01937 541047.

Performances are to be stage on Thursday July 18 to Saturday July 20th at Bramham Village Hall.

And organisers warned: “Tickets are already selling fast for this popular play, so don’t leave booking until the last minute as you may be disappointed.”