When Annie's husband John dies of leukaemia, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room.
They manage to persuade four fellow WI members to pose nude with them for an "alternative" calendar, with a little help from hospital porter and amateur photographer Lawrence. The news of the women's charitable venture spreads like wildfire, and hordes of press soon descend on the small village of Knapeley in the Yorkshire Dales. The calendar is a success, but Chris and Annie's friendship is put to the test under the strain of their new-found fame.
Based on the true story of eleven WI members who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukaemia Research Fund, Calendar Girls opened at the Chichester Festival Theatre and has since become the fastest-selling play in British theatre history.
14/15/16th March 2024
Hard work and camaraderie!
Established in 1971, ‘Sedgefield Players’ is a vibrant and enthusiastic award winning amateur drama group based in the Northeast of England. Meeting twice every week on a Wednesday and Sunday at 7:30pm in the Parish Hall, Sedgefield, we are able to manage a full and varied schedule to keep every member feel included and involved.
We produce two full adult productions per year and a high tech and exciting pantomime, plus the odd review or’ Murder Mystery’ night, as the occasion calls.
We also run our own week-long drama festival in September, participate in both local and national drama festivals, run the Sedgefield Players Youth Section (SPYS) and present a SPYS production in the summer. All of our productions may include music, dance, song or just plain drama, be it comedy or tragedy.
Above all, we are a group of people of all ages and backgrounds who have fun together and also manage to find time to have the occasional night out at the theatre, party or barbecue.
Although a good many of us have been members for over 30 years, we always welcome and need new members, not necessarily those who want to act, but for all aspects of theatre – technical, costume, properties, scene shifting or just coming to share the fun. We aim to make everyone feel included. Come along any Wednesday or Sunday to watch before you decide.
Anybody is welcome to come along and see what we do without the need to sign up.