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Beaconsfield ladies strip off for Calendar Girls
7:50am Sunday 28th October 2012 in News
By Claire Vanner
THE ladies of the Beaconsfield Theatre Group are getting naked for the sake of their art in a production of Calendar Girls at the Beacon Centre next month.
Much like the original WI ladies of Knapley who first bared their bottoms for a charity calendar in 1999, the BTG ladies are having a brush with fame after taking part in a naked photo shoot for the Daily Mail along with other amateur groups who are staging the show.
Sue Dorman, Chairman of BTG, said: "The girls have been very nervous about taking their clothes off.
"Now they’ve done a couple of photo shoots I think they’re getting used to it, but I’m sure in front of an audience they will be nervous.
"In the words of Kenny Everett, it will all be done in the best possible taste!"
The group are also fortunate enough to have family roots to the original calendar girls, as Louise Mappley, who is playing Celia in the production, is the daughter of Beryl Bamforth, Miss January of the 2000 calendar who is portrayed as Jessie in the play and film.
The group decided to stage the show when rights to the amateur production were released for just 18 months in September.
The limited time has lead to a record-breaking 520 applications for the rights.
Sue says that anyone who comes to see the Beaconsfield production will be sure of a good time as they are the most professional, hard working theatre group in the district.
Other local amateur theatre groups staging the show include the Tarrystone Players, the Henley Players and the Lane End Players.
In the true charity spirit of Calendar Girls, the play will be raising money for the Iain Rennie Hospice at Home charity.
Sue said: "We are hoping the play is not only going to be a success for us, but also for the Iain Rennie charity.
"They’re a local charity and they do such excellent work, so it is a very deserving cause."
Calendar Girls is at the Beacon Centre from 14 - 17 November. Tickets cost £12 and £10 for concessions. To book call 07880 962 514
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