Backstage robbers target Calendar Girls production
CAST members who bared all in Neath last week, were left in shock during their penultimate performance — when money and make-up was stolen from the dressing rooms while they were on stage.
Neath Amateur Operatic Society (NAOS), which has entertained the community of Neath for more than a century, were performing their Saturday matinee of Calendar Girls, which ran at the Gwyn Hall from September 18 to 21.
The production — which was released last year for amateur groups to perform for a period of 18-months — tells the story of a Women's Institute group who pose nude for a calendar to raise money for a cancer charity.
During the first half of the play, which began at 2.15pm on Saturday afternoon, two people are believed to have gained access to the cast's dressing room at the rebuilt Gwyn Hall, stealing a quantity of cash and make up.
Society secretary, Kerry Jones, who was also performing in the play, said: "We were all on stage at the time, during the first half.
"There's two dressing rooms and at the time, two people — a man and a woman — went into one of the dressing rooms and locked the door behind them.
"They took a total of £120 worth of cash, a mobile phone belonging to one of the cast — it had all her photos and telephone numbers on it and my make up.
"My mum bought me my make up case for me, a green striped make up bag, which had Estee Lauder and Avon in it — make up costs a fortune.
"I had to borrow someone else's make up for the performance in the evening. I think they just picked it up as they left the room."
She said a fellow cast member saw the pair walk past her, and confronted them — but they told her they were "looking for Mary from Swansea".
It was after this the theft was discovered.
Mrs Jones said doors to the back stage area are usually locked, but that the persons responsible somehow gained access during the first minutes of the performance.
A spokesman for South Wales Police said: "We can confirm there was a burglary at the Gwyn Hall at around 2.30pm on September 21, when people got into to the changing rooms and a quantity of cash was stolen from cast members."
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