Southside Players’ production of Calendar Girls was one of many hundreds of amateur productions of this play that took place at the end of 2012 (and going on into 2013) – despite this we had packed audiences for this funny, moving play. When Annie’s husband John dies of leukaemia, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room. In place of the usual cake sale, they persuade their fellow WI members to pose nude with them for an “alternative” calendar, with a little help from hospital porter and amateur photographer Lawrence. The calendar is a success, but Chris and Annie’s friendship is put to the test under the strain of their new-found fame. Based on the true story of 11 WI members who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukaemia Research Fund, Calendar Girls has become the fastest selling play in theatre history. In the spirit of the play we did a bucket collection at the end of each show in aid of Trinity Hospice (our local hospice in Clapham) and raised nearly a thousand pounds from our generous audiences.