Good sports shoot charity calendar

Back row, L - R : Rachel Schofield, Kathryn Hardy, Ann Pinney, Becky Parry''Front row, L-R: Helen Preston, Olivia Brooks
Back row, L - R : Rachel Schofield, Kathryn Hardy, Ann Pinney, Becky Parry''Front row, L-R: Helen Preston, Olivia Brooks

Cheeky chappies are playing the girls at their own game by muscling in on a charity calendar shoot.

Four men from Hasland Theatre Company have got their kit off to show their fab abs and taut tums, alongside six female members.

The calendar - proceeds of which will go to Ashgate Hospice - has been inspired by next week’s sell-out production of Calendar Girls at the group’s Storforth Lane playhouse.

Cast members and off-stage crew have been photographed in various locations around the theatre.

Olivia Brooks, who plays Chris the leading lady in the play, said: “We wanted to show the audience parts of the theatre that they probably won’t have seen and parts of the cast and crew that they probably won’t have seen either.”

Tom Bannister, 29, who is one of the calendar models, said: “I am comnpletely naked in two shots, with a saw covering my modesty.”

Playing the photographer in the show, he said: “It is the ladies that I worry about getting naked in front of me. It is wonderful that they are comfortable with it.”

Tom works in IT at Chesterfield Borough Council and lives in Lower Pilsley.

Andrew Davie, 54, is another of the brave men daring to bare for the calendar. He stars in the show as John, whose death from cancer, galvanises a Women’s Insitute into stripping off for a calendar. “The ladies are doing this because John has died of cancer and they are raising awareness and raising money, “ said Andrew, who lives in Linacre Woods and is a care and repair officer at Chesterfield Borough Council.

Also daring to bare for the calendar are the play’s director David Brooks and stage crew member Terry Silvers.

David has persuaded 72-year-old Ann Pinney, a veteran of many shows with the company, back into the spotlight after four years to play one of six ladies who strip off. Retired secretary Ann said: “I am really enjoying it and not worried about taking my clothes off.”

However, she did admit that the butterflies would probably kick in next week when the playhouse was full of spectators. “My husband and a lot of friends from St Bartholomew’s Church in Clay Cross will be coming to see the show - I have no idea what they will think about it,” said Ann, who lives in New Tupton.

Olivia Brooks, a police case worker, living in Chesterfield said: “Getting your kit off is quite easy, learning lines is the hard part. I’ll be fairly naked; I have been told to sew a few more flowers on my costume because it was revealing too much. I also have a topless part as well.”

Director David said: “Nudity is really quite a small part of the play - the play is much more about bereavement; how a group of women pull together and how the media get hold of a story and run with it.”