Calendar Girls in Monifieth? You must be MAD!

The MAD cast of their next production of Calender girls at rehersals in their theatre at Monifieth.
The MAD cast of their next production of Calender girls at rehersals in their theatre at Monifieth.

MONIFIETH will see some naked acting talent this weekend in a new show.

Monifieth Amateur Dramatic present their latest production, ‘Calendar Girls’, to audiences from tonight (Friday) at the Monifieth Theatre.

The production comes hot on the heels of the release of the amateur play rights to the Tim Firth smash hit.

It tells the story of a group of women who decide to raise money for a new sofa in a hospital visitors’ lounge, but as usual, there is a lot more to it than that!

Sharon Bennett plays Annie, who loses her husband, John (Sean Dowling) to cancer. She is helped, encouraged, harassed and occasionally bullied by her friend Chris (Fiona Barton) through this personal hell.

Chris, irreverent and irrepressible, is full of fantastic ideas, the kind of person who grasps at every opportunity to further a worthy cause or a chance for adventure.

The ripples which this causes open out a wonderful display of situations, exploring a vast range of human emotions before the audience’s eyes.

In particular, the ‘scene with the letters’, requires a hefty application of waterproof mascara and a fistful of tissues, so emotional is the scene.

However, it’s not all doom and gloom as there are plenty of laughs among the tears and the story is an uplifting one of friends coming together.

MAD newcomers Flora Lowrey (Celia) and Shelagh Phillips (Cora) take to the stage for ‘Calendar Girls’, and both fit in well with the group and it is clear to see that the friendship and support portrayed in the play is also carried through off-stage.

Libby Barton makes a welcome return as Ruth, a versatile young actress who has spent much of the last 18 months working behind scenes and directing. The final member of the ‘Calendar Team’ is Jessie, played by MAD stalwart, Theresa Lynn.

The less popular members of the community are Marie, admirably portrayed by Ann Sutherland and the ingratiating beautician Elaine, played by Lesley Lorimer.

There will be performances of ‘Calendar Girls’ at Monifieth Theatre on September 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22.