Wednesday, 15th August 2012
Suirfire Announce Calendar Girls Cast And National 'misery' Tour
Suirfire Productions have just announced a fantastic line up for their autumn production of Calendar Girls. After the huge success of Misery in July the young theatre company are straight into their biggest production to date with a cast of twelve well-known local faces. Jenny Clooney, Ruth Coughlan, Michelle Glendon, Brid Nielson, Brenda Power, Shauna Farrell, Brenda Giles, Maria Walsh, Bill Stafford, Tobie Hickey, Conor Halpin, and Laura Forressy will all take to the Theatre Royal stage in September. On top of that the company have also just confirmed the dates of their national tour of Misery to eight venues around Ireland in October and November. They will bring the massively successful Stephen King play starring Denise Quinn and Joe Meagher to Limerick, Dublin, Louth, Tipperary, Galway, Kilkenny, Kildare, and Clare.
However, before they head out on the road, rehearsals for Calendar Girls have will soon begin in Suirfire's brand new rehearsal room kindly donated by the owners of Railway Square through Book a Room. Suirfire Producer Pat Hennessy says; "We are so grateful to Regina in Book a Room, and the owners of the space. We are a young company who have achieved a lot over the last year but the generosity of local companies never ceases to amazes us.
We finally have somewhere we can call home for a few weeks; it's a huge open space, with amazing views of the city and we are really proud to bring people into it."
The play follows a group of extraordinary women who spark a global phenomenon by persuading one another to pose for a charity calendar with a difference! As interest snowballs, the Calendar find themselves revealing more than they'd ever planned. Made famous in 2003 in the hit film starring Helen Mirren the story is based on an uplifting and very inspiring true story that is quirky, poignant, and hilarious.
Director John Grubb explains the changes Suirfire have made to the script to appeal to a Waterford audience, "Just as we did with 'Misery' we will put our own undeniable stamp on this story. We have reduced the age of the majority of the characters by about 15 years, and have moved the location from northern England to South East Ireland. It's a great story and we are really excited to bring Waterford audiences our own take on it". Calendar Girls runs in the Theatre Royal Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 27th September to 6th October. Tickets are €18 with special group rates and meal deals with The Munster Bar also available. Booking open now on 051 874402 or http://www.theatreroyal.ie.
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