On Tuesday 17 December, after the 10.30am performance of Jack and the Beanstalk at the Wyvern Theatre, Dame Trot – played by David Ashley – was greeted in her Dressing Room by some of the rugged athletes from Swindon Rugby Club.
Swindon Rugby Club players Troy Badenski and David Cox pictured presenting the naked calendar to Dame Trot by Richard Wintle of Calyx
“Swindon Rugby Club’s naked calendar boys are more than happy to fill Dame Trot’s stockings with goodies,” said club chairman Stuart Cock. “We hope that the calendar will be something she’ll display proudly in her Dressing Room.”
The calendar has been created to raise funds both towards the club’s much-needed £100,000 refurbishment and the Great Western Hospital’s Special Care Baby Unit. And upon hearing about the teams fundraising efforts, Dame Trot was more than keen to offer her support.
“Now I’m free and single and ready to mingle, I thought it would be an ideal time to meet the players from Swindon Rugby Club,” said Dame Gertrude Trot, mother to Jack and Silly and Billy. “Their fabulous calendar will have pride of place in my cardboard house in the middle of the theatre.”
Fun and laughter is at the heart of the Wyvern’s 2013-2014 pantomime. The gigantically funny adventure story of Jack and the Beanstalk, which has received rave reviews from the local press, comes alive on stage with stunning sets, amazing costumes and the biggest Giant in all of Swindon.
Jack and the Beanstalk will run at the Wyvern Theatre until Sunday 5 January 2014. Click to book tickets or call the ticket office on 01793 524 481.
The calendars cost £10, plus £3.50 shipping fee, and are available from Swindon RFC.
To order a calendar send a cheque payable to Swindon RFC to Swindon RFC, New Pavilion, Greenbridge Road, Swindon, SN3 3LA.