Opening last night (Monday) for a week-long run, The Full Monty hit Milton Keynes Theatre with witty one-liners and red thongs aplenty!
The subjects covered in The Fully Monty are not what might immediately be classed as providing that ‘Feel Good Factor’ but this stage adaptation by Oscar-winning writer Simon Beaufoy of the 1997 smash hit film, delivers exactly that.
Centered around Gaz, played by Gary Lucy, the audience is taken along on the difficult journey of six unemployed Sheffield steelworkers, each with his own story to tell, who together form a male striptease act.
Their sales pitch being, ‘better than the Chippendales because they, Hot Metal, go ‘the full monty’!
The story contains some hard-hitting subjects including unemployment, impotence, homosexuality, divorce, attempted suicide and depression. But in equal measure, it is a story of acceptance, companionship, friendship, loyalty and love.
Together these six men overcome many of their own insecurities, stereotypes, and frailties to form ‘Hot Metal’ all in a bid to secure a positive future for themselves and their families.
The show contains plenty of ‘chuffin’, as well as some inspired one-liners, ‘We are looking for knobs, not knockers’ and ‘Widges on parade! Bring your own microscope!’ which had the audience roaring with delight.
The performance has it all, the legendary unemployment line, ‘Hot Stuff’ routine, the high points and the low, the humour seen in even the darkest of moments and it is all brought to life by a superb cast.
The industrial set is inspired, seamlessly turning from a disused warehouse one minute to the local Job Centre the next.
The portrayal of the characters is strong, believable and heartfelt. Their story as relevant today as it was then.
The show ends as only it could with hats rather than, as Tom Jones would have it, being left on, being well and truly taken off!
Be prepared for a wonderfully uplifting performance which leaves you feeling that the human spirit mixed with friendship and laughter really can conquer all.
photo credit Matt Crockett
Runs from Monday 3rd – Saturday 8th October
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