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Calendar Girls, Studio Theatre, Salisbury
WHEN Annie’s husband loses his battle with cancer, her best friend Chris comes up with the idea of an alternative calendar to raise funds for a suitable memorial.
As the calendar progresses, the bonds of friendship are put to the test.
In this strong ensemble production, well-paced with great visual comedy, each of the six WI ladies enjoyed their moment to shine in a blend of Northern humour and fighting spirit. The Yorkshire accents were very good when they were present – but there was a tendency for the accents to slip more often than not, although this was a minor problem when the depth of character acting is as strong as this.
Sarah Kirkpatrick (Chris) and Val Greathead (Annie) sparked off each other very well, while Simone Haseley (Ruth) showed a natural aptitude for comedy with excellent timing and facial expressions, and David Rhodes portrayed John’s physical deterioration with touching poignancy.