Here come the girls

editorial image

YOU might be looking out your winter coat once again — but the ladies of Giffnock Theatre Players are stripping off completely.

But fear not — there’s nothing unsavoury about the am dram group’s latest show.

The team have taken up an opportunity to stage Calendar Girls, the film-turned-play which has been raking in cash since its professional debut in 2008.

For those who haven’t seen the big screen version, it’s based on a true story, following the exploits of a group of Women’s Institute members who produce an annual calendar with a difference to raise money for Leukaemia Research.

Gone are the tasteful Yorkshire landscapes, as the brave laides take a deep breath for charity’s sake and pose — with the help of some tactfully-placed cupcakes — in the nude.

The true-life version was prompted by one member whose husband died of leukaemia — and the ladies have raised over £1 million to date, thanks to one chilly October night in front of a camera.

The bitter-sweet comedy starring Helen Mirren and Julie Walters provoked such a response that Calendar Girls has been touring since.

Now, it’s the turn of our very own Giffnock Players.

Released for amateur performance rights for just 18 months, the East Ren team were quick to snap it up.

And, having taken to the stage for over 60 years — they formed in 1948 — the group certainly know how to put on a show.

The boards are already being tread, and the girls of Giffnock will be laying bare this heart-warming tale right up until Saturday evening — we suggest you book your tickets right away.


n Calendar Girls runs at Eastwood Park Theatre October 24-27, from 7.30pm (plus a 2.30pm Sat matinee). Tickets £8-£10 from 876 1296.