As we grew up in Yorkshire, The Full Monty was always one of those films that we could relate to when it was released in 1997.
The stage show is based on the award-winning film and follows the lives of ex-Sheffield steel mill workers who have lost their jobs when the steel mill they worked at closed.
The original screenplay was written by Oscar-winning writer Simon Beaufoy and the stage adaptation felt very natural and engaging as the audience took on the role of the audience for the Full Monty performance.
Former Hollyoaks actor Gary Lucy takes on the role played by Robert Carlyle of Gaz, a regular working-class guy who is desperately trying to keep in contact with his son following a split from the boy’s mother. Gaz’s brilliant idea comes after seeing a troupe of male topless dancers entertaining the wives, sisters and mothers at the local working man’s club. All he wants is enough money to pay for child maintenance to keep custodial access to his son so he convinces his best mate Dave (Kai Owen) that they can go one better!
The misfit dance troupe grows to six members with the recruitment of former foreman Gerald (Andrew Dunn) and then the open audience which sees the addition of Guy (James Redmond), Horse (Louis Emerick) and Lomper (Joe Gill)! The whole cast gave a fabulous performance, playing their characters perfectly!
There’s a real sense of camaraderie as Gaz’s plan comes together with a musical soundtrack that had the audience singing along to classic tunes from the likes of Donna Summer and Tom Jones. If you’ve seen the film, you’ll instantly recognise the songs and routines that go with them.
The film and stage adaptation highlight some of the social issues that were particularly pertinent at the time as well as things that people can relate to nowadays. Depression, suicidal thoughts and body image matters are all intertwined into the comedy that brings home the despair that the characters are going through.
If you’ve seen the film then you’ll know about the final scene, all we’ll say is that it’s a great piece of audience participation that closes an absolutely brilliant show, we thoroughly enjoyed it, and the sound from the audience throughout the performance showed that they had a great night too!
You can see The Full Monty at The Regent Theatre until Saturday 24th November 2018! Tickets for the evening and matinee performances can be purchased at the Box Office, by calling 08448 717 649 or by visiting https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/the-full-monty-the-play-by-simon-beaufoy/regent-theatre/