Poignant show for 50th year

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An Arbroath theatre company is kicking off its 50th anniversary with a stage adaptation of a modern British masterpiece.

The Abbey Theatre Club’s first production of 2014 is the moving true story, ‘Calendar Girls’, by Tim Firth.

It tells the story of the women of the Knapely Women’s Institute who are deeply affected when the husband of one of their own is diagnosed with cancer and dies after much suffering.

To raise money for a comfortable sofa for the visitor’s room of the local hospital the women produce a tasteful nude calendar which becomes a runaway success and causes much chaos in the process.

Full of humour, heart-ache and life-affirming joy, the 2003 film was adapted for the stage in 2008 for the Chichester Festival Theatre and later moved to the Noel Coward Theatre in London.

Helming the production is Abbey Theatre Club’s own Alan Christison. He said: “We are all affected in some way by cancer; every one of us knows someone whose life has been touched by this ‘cheating, sly, conniving, silent bloody disease!’.”

‘Calendar Girls’ will play at the Abbey Theatre, Abbot Street, every night, with the exception of Sunday, at 7.30 p.m. from Friday, January 31, to Saturday, February 8.

Tickets are £7 and are available from Visit Scotland on 01241 872609 or via the website www.theabbeytheatre.org