Review by Amy McEvoy: Calendar Girls, The Tamaritans, Plymouth's Drum Theatre
I WAS a little unsure as to how this performance would work but after settling down in a full theatre my doubts quickly disappeared, writes Amy McEvoy.
Calendar Girls contained all the classic lines from the film plus many more witty comments thrown in for good measure. All actors were equally as strong as each other and really bought this heart-warming story to life.
The show opened with Chris (Rebekah Ash) teaching her version of Tai Chi, during which we got a great flavour of the six women's characters. All worked together brilliantly and humorously. Annie (Catherine Teague) and Chris worked well together as best friends. Out-of-town Celia (Mia Rees) wasn't afraid to show of her buns in friendly competition with Chris for "most attractive month".
The photo shoot scene was performed with great taste. It was fast paced and packed full of laughs. I can't think how long they must have rehearsed the timings to create a smooth performance – with all the important parts covered up.
The more serious side of the play was full of emotion, with a sensitive performance from John (George Sutton).
I really loved the attention to detail in the set. It looked like a genuine church hall, complete with noticeboard and posters.
In John's words, "the last phase is the most glorious".
This story is a good British one, which will have you laughing and crying at the same time. The production was highly professional and all involved should be incredibly proud of the performance that was achieved. The Tamaritans have even produced their own calendar for Leukaemia Research.