It’s not every day that an opportunity to become a calendar girl comes your way!
This week it did.
I had been invited to attend a photoshoot to celebrate the arrival of Calendar Girls: The Musical to Salford’s The Lowry Theatre and also to raise awareness of Bloodwise. However, in true Calendar Girl style, I had to get my baps out!
The original Calendar Girls
Back in 1998 a group of ordinary women from Yorkshire came together to do something extraordinary.
These women created a now infamous nude calendar [with carefully placed props] in order to raise money to buy a sofa for the hospital where one of the women’s husbands had been treated for non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Money to buy the sofa was achieved many times over. So far, the women and the legacy that they created has gone on to raise nearly £5 million for Bloodwise.
Calendars, books, talks, a film starring Helen Mirren and Julie Walters [acting heroes of mine!], a stage play and now a musical!
The Northern talent that is Gary Barlow is behind the musical, and along with the dramatist and screenwriter Tim Firth, they have created a musical comedy which has received standing ovations and five star reviews in London’s West End.
During 2018 and 2019 it is touring the country!
Get yer baps out!
Why did I agree to this? Well after I reached a low point a few months ago, I decided to try and change my outlook and say yes to most opportunities that came my way.
That, along with not having done this sort of thing for a good decade [I was once required to be naked on stage for a role. It was nippy, no pun intended there!] and the fact that I won ‘One to Watch’ at the Northern Blog Awards made me realise that I could not turn it down!