The Full Monty
14th November 2018
Stamford Amateur Musical Society
The Cresset Theatre, Peterborough
Type of Production
Author: Peter Breach
If you arrive at a theatre where this show is being staged expecting to see a group of naked men “strutting their stuff” you’re going to have to be patient! In the meantime you can find out how a group of hard-up long time redundant steelworkers face up to problems that include poverty, marital stress, relationship difficulties, aimlessness, mental health issues, custody battles and lack of esteem, all caused by long term unemployment. This musical contains a serious message; it is bawdy, crude and in your face, but is presented with plenty of humour. Tracey Penn, making her directing debut, guided the actors and production team in their efforts to achieve a realistic portrayal of these issues and was also responsible for the choreography.
Jerry (Glen Witmore) has split from his wife Pam (Jen Sands) and is engaged in a custody battle over their young son Nathan (Shaun Newson), while best mate Dave (Phil Briston) and his wife Georgie (Sarah Owen) are experiencing problems in their marriage. These two guys are outside a local hall where several women have gathered to watch a male stripper. They are stood outside the “Gents” toilets when they hear the sounds of female voices. Not wishing to be seen they hurry in and lock themselves in a cubicle and whilst in there overhear the women’s conversation. Having learned that women are prepared to pay what they considered to be ridiculous prices to see such shows, Jerry has a “eureka” moment and identifies this as their way to get hold of some cash, which they badly need. Although Dave is initially reluctant to get involved he later changes his mind.
As an example of the humour there is a scene in which a guy is attempting to commit suicide by piping the exhaust fumes into the car while he remains inside it. The rescue appears realistic, but since the rescued person is ungrateful he is put back in the car – but only for a brief moment!
The music for this show was provided by an 11 piece orchestra under the very capable direction of Reece Crane; it was tucked away behind the stage thus affording the audience an uninterrupted view of the activities on it. There was a wide variety of songs – I particularly liked “You walk with me” and “You rule my world”.
The final scene brings the show to its dazzling climax! Well done all who were involved in this production.