The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre.
September 26, 27, 28 & 29 [+mat] 2012.
by Tim Firth
Charlotte Grimes – Cora
Katie Brownings – Chris
Hazel Starns – Annie
Sheelagh Baker – Jessie
Judith Berrill – Celia
Claire Wiggins – Ruth
Diane Robinson – Marie
Anna Quick – Brenda Hulse
Bob Ryder – John
David Peaty – Rod
Maggi Pierce – Lady Cravenshire
Tom Harris – Lawrence
Sophie Lane – Elaine
Tom Harris – Liam
Production Manager – Tony Brownings
Stage Manager – Zoey Attree
Deputy Stage Manager – Hem Cleveland
Back Stage Team – Addie Marten
Back Stage Team – Isi Fink
Back Stage Team – Terri Challis
Lighting – Dan Walker
Projection – Martin Oakley
Sound Design – Bob Ryder
Sound Operation – Jack Hudson
Sound Operation – Nathan Attree
Wardrobe – Maggi Pierce
Wardrobe – Cherry Briggs
Properties – Margaret Davy
Properties – Sue Whittaker
Set Construction & Painting – David Comber
Set Construction & Painting – Carl Gray
Set Construction & Painting – Dave Collis
Set Construction & Painting – Sue Chaplin
Set Construction & Painting – Martin Oakley
Set Construction & Painting – Margaret Davy
Poster Design – Judith Berrill
Publicity – Anna Quick
Publicity – Rosemary Brown
Publicity – Martin Oakley
Front Of House – Betty Dawes
Programme Note #1: Calendar Girls
PL wrote: “Although, like almost everyone else, I had seen the film of Calendar Girls, I had not seen the play and was sceptical about how successful a transfer to the stage would be.
I then discovered how beautifully written it was and have been fortunate in assembling a talented cast and brilliant creative team.
Over the past weeks of rehearsal, I have fallen in love with the Calendar Girls and their story: I hope you do to.”
Review #1: Calendar Girls
Publication: Shoreham Herald
Publication Data: October 4 2012
Reviewer: Amanda Barrell
Text Header: Well worth making a date for Wick’s Calendar Girls
Belly-aching laughter tinged with a tear made for an amazingly entertaining evening. The Wick Theatre Company offered up a near perfect performance of Calendar Girls, at the Barn Theatre, Southwick, last week.
Being familiar with the true story the play is based on, and having seen the blockbuster film, the ladies (and gents) of Wick had a lot to live up to – following Helen Mirren has to be a scary prospect. But the cast, who told the story of a group of WI women who decide to raise money by raising eyebrows, had nothing to worry about. The audience was in stitches from the opening quip.
Charlotte Grimes, as Cora, Katie Brownings as Chris, Hazel Starns as Annie, Sheelagh Baker as Jessie, Judith Berrill as Celia and Claire Wiggins as Ruth worked together wonderfully, bouncing off each other’s jokes, and convincing the sell-out crowd they were indeed a group of very close friends. The on-stage chemistry between Annie and dying husband John (Bob Ryder) was tender, and left in its wake an empty feeling of grief when the latter leaves the stage for the last time.
Clever set work saw a church hall transformed into a sunflower-covered hillside seamlessly, and Misses January, February, March et al were projected, in their calendar poses, at the click of each camera shutter.
Calendar Girls was the company’s entry into the Brighton & Hove Arts Council drama festival, and will find out in December if they have won.
Review #2: Calendar Girls
Publication: Brighton Argus
Publication Data: Unknown
Reviewer: Barrie Jerram
First a film, now a play based on the true story of mature Women’s Institute ladies who produced a cheeky calendar, daringly substituting Yorkshire scenery for themselves unclad – all to raise money for Leukaemia Research following the death of a member’s husband.
It provides an evening of sheer delight – sentimental but never mawkish – with wonderful funny one-liners that instantly break the mood.
Directed by Patricia Lyne is first-class and her staging of the sensitive photography scene is hilarious as it is tasteful. She has assembled a strong cast that includes the welcome return of Katie Brownings to The Barn as Chris, the powerhouse behind the calendar’s success. The scenes between her and hazel Starns, the bereaved Annie, captured both the comedy and the subsequent drama as the pair fall out.
Among the other superb performances there is a gem from Sheelagh Baker as the retired teacher “grown venomous from over-exposure to school-children”. Bob Ryder gently underplays the dying husband, while Claire Wiggins is sheer delight as Ruth.
An innovative touch uses slide projections to suggest outside scenes.
Comment #1: Calendar Girls
Publication: Shoreham Herald
Publication Data: October 4 2012 issue – page 29
Author: Elaine Hammond
Heading: Performance raises £900
A sponsored performance of Calendar Girls by The Wick Theatre Company raised £900 for charity.
Shoreham and Southwick Rotary Club sponsored the matinée performance at The Barn Theatre, Southwick, on September 29, to raise money for the Sussex Cancer Fund and the work it is doing to support the new Sussex Macmillan Cancer Support Centre at the Royal Sussex Hospital, Brighton.
President of the Rotary Club, Peter Matthew, presented the cheque to Kate Mcburney, senior lead radiographer, after the show. The sell-out audience of 150 was then treated to tea and cakes.