THAT sound of birling in Lanark Cemetery is probably coming from the resting places of the long-departed town councillors who built the Memorial Hall.
After all, when they created their civic edifice nearly ninety years ago, would any of them have ever DREAMED its stage would be graced by a cast of topless women?
However, in all probability, they would have, to a man, let their ultra-respectable po-faces break into a wide smile if they’d ever had a chance to actually see that true modern British comedy classic Calendar Girls.
The show, produced by that semi-legendary champion of local threatre BJ McComis, has become perhaps the nation’s most-performed am-dram production since the true story of a group of Yorkshire Women’s Institute members who bared all for charity in the Nineties was turned into a hit film and stage play. BJ explains: “We scored a major hit with the show at the 2013 Biggar Little Festival with it selling out for every night of the five-night run.
“So, for those who couldn’t get to see it in Biggar, we wanted to put it on at the Memorial Hall.”
The production with Esther O’Hara, Fiona Armstrong, Shirley Craig, Julie Thompson, Mary Calveley and Joanne Grant putting their best, er, face forward comes to The Memo on Friday, February 21, and Saturday, February 22, with tickets priced £10 (£8 concessions) now available from the hall Box Office on 01555 667999 or at www.sllcboxoffice.co.uk
For more details, see this week’s Carluke and Lanark Gazette.