PERFORMERS from the Bournemouth & Boscombe Light Opera Company have been posing naked for their latest show, Calendar Girls the musical.

They have been baring all at the Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre to raise money for Macmillan Caring Locally.

Chairman of the company, Darren Ellery, said that the feedback from the audiences so far has been ‘fantastic’.

The musical, which is based on a true story, follows the story of Annie who wants to buy a comfortable sofa for the visitor’s room at a hospital after her husband sadly passes away from leukaemia.

She has an idea of printing a calendar to raise the funds, featuring some of the members of her Women’s Institute - a calendar with a difference as each of the traditional activities would be depicted by one of the ladies posing in the nude.

The musical tells the heart-warming and inspiring story of friendship and support within a group of ladies who achieve something extraordinary.

Following in Annie’s footsteps, the cast of Calander Girls The Musical has decided to pose nude for their very own charity calendar.

Darren said: “The audience reaction has been amazing.

“They coined a phrase ‘craughing’, which is laughing and crying at the same time.

“It is so cleverly written because it takes you through this emotional journey, there’s a scene where you are in floods of tears, feeling that emotion and then you are laughing in the next scene.”

“The girls knew what they were signing up for and all of our men are in the calendar as well,” said Darren.

“We thought we may as well sell a calendar if we’re doing the show!”

Audience members can buy a real-life Calendar Girls calendar as well as tickets to be entered into a prize draw, courtesy of local businesses.

Money raised will be going to Macmillan Caring Locally, to help them with their aim to build a new unit at Christchurch Hospital.

The show which opened on Wednesday closes on Saturday.

For more information, visit the Bournemouth and Boscombe Light Opera Company website.