Calendar Girls by Tim Firth and directed by Wendy Goddard for Claremont Dramatic Society, tells the true story of an ordinary group of Yorkshire women doing something extraordinary¬† sparking a global phenomenon when they persuade one another to pose for a charity calendar with a difference – they’re nude. They posed to raise funds for a couch in the local hospital and to date they have raised over 3 million pounds for Leukaemia Research in the U.K.

Their story led to the making of the 2003 hit movie Calendar Girls and a stage version in 2008. It is the most successful play ever to tour the UK. Quirky, poignant and funny, the play comprises a cast of fourteen and boasts an unashamed feel-good factor with a few tears and lots of laughter.

In line with the theme of the play, Claremont Dramatic Society will donate a percentage of the ticket sales to the Sunflower Fund, whose aim it is to educate, recruit donors and raise funds to build and sustain an effective SA Bone Marrow Registry.

Calendar Girls opens on Friday 09 and runs until Saturday 24 November. There are shows on Friday at 20:00 and Saturday at 14:30 and 18:30 in the first week, Wednesday 14 and Friday 16 at 20:00 Saturday 17 at 14:30 and 18:30 and Sunday 18 at 15:00 in the second week and Tues 20 – Saturday 24 November in the final week (week nights at 20:00 and Saturday at 14:40 and 18:30).

Tickets Friday and Saturday nights R70 – all other shows R60. (Masque Theatre Club Members and block bookings of 10 or more enjoy a R10 discount per ticket)

To book phone Masque Theatre Bookings on 021 788 1898 (o/h) or email

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(In addition to the play itself Claremont Dramatic Society has produced a calendar similar to the original produced in England. Each page will have a different photograph of each of the actresses in the play in a state of tasteful undress, and all proceeds will go to the the Sunflower Fund. Pre-order a copy of this limited edition collector’s item by emailing – or purchase it in the foyer during the run of the show. For R100, this full colour glossy calendar for 2013 will make an ideal Christmas gift.)