For the past 3 years, The English Theatre Company has promoted the work of Cancer Support France by including publicity for the association in our programmes. This continued through the pandemic as ETC sought to bring live theatre to the public by staging events outdoors when rules allowed; audiences were invited to bring their own chairs and picnics and were seated according to socially-distanced guidelines.
Ever innovative in its approach to theatre experiences ETC has, in its 6-year existence, put on radio plays around winter Sunday lunches, performed staged readings and revues as well as major plays. The latest of these was Calendar Girls and, as with the real story, the English Theatre Company decided to not just challenge itself by attempting this difficult play but to also produce a calendar featuring, in various states of undress, the 10 ‘girls’ who were part of the cast – all done in the best possible taste naturally!
The aim was to donate any profits to Cancer Support France. The Company was thrilled at the support from audiences where the calendars were offered for sale, so much so that ETC was able to present a cheque for 1000€ to Jayne Ray, President of CSF Gascony in December.