Jo Lloyd Meets The Men Behind The Girls

Jo Lloyd meets Gary Barlow and Tim Firth

Hear what happened when Jo Lloyd went backstage to speak with Gary Barlow and Tim Firth about their hit musical The Girls at The Lowry, Salford Quays

On Friday 8th January Jo Lloyd took a trip backstage of the Lowry in Salford Quays to meet the creators of the musical The Girls!

It’s based on a true story about a group of ladies who did something extraordinary - They decided to appear in a nude calendar in order to raise money to buy a settee for the visitor’s room of their local hospital in memory of one of their husbands who died of leukaemia - they ultimately raised over three million pounds. This musical shows life in their Yorkshire village, how it all happened, the effect on husbands, sons and daughters and ultimately how they became a global phenomenon.

The Girls is written by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth. Gary as a songwriter has written fourteen Number 1 singles, he is also a six-time recipient of the Ivor Novello Award and has sold over 50 million records worldwide. Tim is one of Britain’s most successful playwrights having won the Olivier Award and the UK Theatre Award for best musical. Tim wrote the film and stage play Calendar Girls. Tim and Gary both grew up in Frodsham in Cheshire and they have been friends for twenty five years.

Gary and Tim spoke to Jo about how The Girls has taken years to come together - and it continued to evolve over Christmastime up Frodsham Hill in Cheshire!

Tim explained how the ladies in his life also inspired the Calendar Girls movie and The Frodsham Factor has been an important part of creating The Girls!

“I still had a tear in my eye watching one of the parts of the show”
Gary and Tim took the casting of this musical very seriously – and it hasn’t been easy:

Gary Barlow explained why it was important that this run of The Girls takes place in the North West:

The original Calendar Girls continue to do amazing charitable work and The Girls’ audiences have been an incredible part of this great work:

The Girls is performed at the Lowry, Salford Quays until January 30th – click here for ticket information: