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Friday 17 August 2018

Bernie blasts Twink over claim Calendar show is 'too British'

Irish actress Bernie Nolan has hit back at panto queen Twink who blasted the show Calendar Girls for being too British.

The Nolans singer said she was shocked to hear Twink express her dissatisfaction at the decision to bring the show to Dublin.

Twink, who is set to star in Grumpy Old Women at the Olympia, said she believes the show will take money out of the "recession-ridden Irish theatre industry".

Bernie was recently given the all clear following a terrifying battle with breast cancer, which saw her undergo a mastectomy as well as gruelling chemotherapy and radiotherapy, followed by a breast reconstruction.

"I mean look, I've just had cancer, that just sounds so petty to me," Bernie said. "Of course it's a British show. It's a true story about six British women, they're from Yorkshire and Lancashire, they're obviously going to be British.

"I'm all for giving everyone a chance to have their opinion but that just sounds ridiculous to me."

"Oh my God, I've never heard anything like it," the actress told the Herald.

"I think just quit your complaining and come and see the show. We're actresses as well, just trying to earn a living like anyone else.

Mum-of-one Bernie (50) said she, more than anyone on the Calendar Girls production, understands Ireland's economic crisis, given that many of her relatives are based here.

"All my family are in Dublin so I totally sympathise with the situation but at the end of the day people want to see the show, otherwise we wouldn't be coming to Dublin," she added.

The high-profile actress admits that her decision to take on the role of Cora in Calendar Girls so soon after her own battle with cancer, was spurred in no small part with the story's longtime association with raising funds for cancer research.

The play centres around a group of English women who posed naked for a calendar to raise money for cancer research following the death of one of their husbands from the disease.

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