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From left, Saoirse Byrne as Annie, Maeve Plunkett as Chris, Rachael Culligan as Celia, Sandra Cox as Cora and Rita Brady as Jessie. Photograph by John Kelly
From left, Saoirse Byrne as Annie, Maeve Plunkett as Chris, Rachael Culligan as Celia, Sandra Cox as Cora and Rita Brady as Jessie. Photograph by John Kelly

Counting down the days

With rehearsals running into the earlier hours over the past couple of weeks, there is great excitement in the countdown to the opening performance of The Calendar Girls at Glór next week.

Expectations are high that the Ennis Players’ production will draw full houses for the Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday night performances.

In celebrating its 40th anniversary, the local drama group decided to give something back to the community for their loyal support. Cahercalla Hospice, Sláinte An Chláir, West Clare Mini Marathon Cancer Care Centre and the Alzheimers’ Day Care Centre in Ennis were selected to benefit from the proceeds of the four special performances.

From left, Saoirse Byrne as Annie, Maeve Plunkett as Chris, Rachael Culligan as Celia, Sandra Cox as Cora and Rita Brady as Jessie. Photograph by John Kelly
From left, Saoirse Byrne as
Annie, Maeve Plunkett as Chris,
Rachael Culligan as Celia,
Sandra Cox as Cora and Rita Brady as Jessie. Photograph by John Kelly

Speaking to The Clare Champion, media sponsors for the project, Ennis Players chairperson, Jackie Scanlon, commented, “We are delighted to present Tim Firth’s hilarious and thought-provoking play, The Calendar Girls, to Ennis audiences and further afield.

“Directed by Allen Flynn, the play tells the story of a group of English ladies who had the ingenious idea of producing a calendar featuring themselves, after one of their spouses passed away from cancer. The calendar went on to sell millions of copies all over the world, while the models appeared in TV shows.”

The Clare Champion is running a special competition to coincide with The Calendar Girls. See details on page 2 and on our website.

Pictured are some of the brave ladies taking to the stage, who have also posed for a calendar, which will be sold at each performance, with money raised also going to the charities.

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