Dundalk’s ‘Calender Girls’ are set to take over the Tain Theatre at the end of this month

The Mercury Players will stage the Irish premiere of the play ‘Calender Girls’, based on the Tim Firth film, from September 26th-29th, in the Tain Theatre.

The Mercury Players will stage the Irish premiere of the play ‘Calender Girls’, based on the Tim Firth film, from September 26th-29th, in the Tain Theatre.

They are the first amateur group to gain rights to perform the play after the rights were released on August 31st.

The group was founded by Ultan and Moya Hodgers and this will be their fifth production. Others have included ‘Great Expectations’, ‘Steel Magnolias’, ‘Proof’ and ‘Bronte’.

The story centres around a group of women who decide to pose for a nude calender and local actress Colette Cronin told the Democrat that the cast is prepared to let go of their dignity for a few nights!

The braves actresses prepared to bare all include Siobhan Jordan, Ann Stacy-Coburn, Moya Hodgers, Karyn Jones, Dara Woods, Lynsey O’Neil, Olive Curran, Paula Murray.

While the lucky men starring in the show include Nigel Clinton, Sean Kinahan, Trevor Lee and Barry Dunne.

Colette describes the play as funny yet emotional.

“It’s a rollarcoaster of a show, one minute you could in rolling on the floor laughing and another minute you could be crying hysterically. It will definitely be a night of great entertainment.”

Colette also went on to say that she thinks the play is much better than the film.

“The play is without a doubt funnier than the film, it is full of one liners and because it is shorter it is more intense.

We have had a lot of interest from women’s groups who wish to attend and there is a hen party coming from Castleblayney to enjoy the show as the first part of their night. Men should come along as well and the play is also suitable for teenagers and children. There is no bad language and the nude scenes are tastefully done so that the audience doesn’t see anything.”

Colette also spoke highly of director Ultan Hodgers.

“He is just a brilliant director. He is so professional, the whole play is very tasteful. He manages to get the point across without the play becoming seedy.”

The play is showing from the 26th-29th September at 8pm daily in the Tain Theatre. Tickets cost 15e and 12e concession.

There will be a program distributed on the night and anyone wishing to sponsor an advert for the programme can contact Colette at 0877617712 or email ultan1@hotmail.com