Original Calendar Girl returns to native Sunderland to see theatre’s take on tale

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ORIGINAL Calendar Girl Tricia Stewart headed home to make a date with city actresses.

Tricia, who hails from Fulwell, is one of the Yorkshire-based Women’s Institute members whose quirky fund-raising idea to pose nude sparked the hit film and play Calendar Girls.

It’s being performed this week at the Royalty Theatre, and Tricia was on hand to give some tips.

It was Tricia who suggested fellow members of the Rylestone and District WI do a nude calendar, which went on to raise millions for charity.

Director Anna Snell said: “Tricia’s visit gave us a great insight into the background of the characters.

“Our play is true to the play itself, but there are parts of the film that were exaggerated, such as the fight between the two central characters which actually never happened. Also, in the film it suggests the WI were not happy with the calendar, but Tricia explained how they were actually very supportive.”

She said Tricia got in touch via the council and added: “She is keen to support Sunderland as a city and heard about our show so rang to see what she could do.”

Anna says the film’s message of supporting people with cancer is one that resonates with the cast, which includes one actor who has had Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and another who has had major surgery for a cancer-related illness. The show, along with a raffle and donations, will raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

l Calendar Girls runs until Saturday. Tickets are £8, £6.50 concessions from www.royaltytheatre.co.uk or tel. 0844 8700 887.