The Full Monty
Abbey Musical Theatre
Director Steve Jenkins
13th August 2017
The Full Monty, a full-bodied version, oh boy! The cast of Abbey Musical Theatre’s latest offering really let it all hang out as they seek to recreate the theatre version of this award winning show. More than simply gratuitous nudity though, these down on their luck, blue collar workers expose more than just a bit of flesh. As an audience we’re there for the story – isn’t that how it goes (wink, wink)...
It’s true to say that you will see the ‘full moon’ maybe sooner than expected but let me assure you that there is a storyline – one you may know of if you’ve seen the original movie or another version of the theatre show.
An industrial themed set nicely evoked the factory workers Sheffield location and sat comfortably on the stage. Gritty, grey and full of action the stage was brought to life by a talented cast complete with some tragic fashion, horrible hairdos and cringe-worthy Yorkshire accents. It all works nicely to deliver a punchy and realistic story-line with some great acting and clever, well delivered comedy.
Sam Gordon and Nick Ross bounced off each other with vigour as best mates Jerry and Dave, displaying masculine bravado as well as sharing some more tender moments. Nick Ross’s portrayal of big softie, slightly stupid, Dave was exceptional and his comedic timing always expertly delivered. Dave’s relationship with wife Georgie, was honest and tenderly played out. Katie Monaghan’s role as Georgie a brash but lovable outspoken woman brought a high energy, very enjoyable character to life. Playing the son Nathan torn between his mum Pam (Sarah Donnelly) and Dad- Jerry’s- financial and custody dispute, Isaac Gregory performed an excellent role. He was both believable and endearing, and a salve to soften the edges of some tough issues. Sarah Donnelly’s portrayal of the protective parent, ex-wife role was well delivered and carefully balanced. Jessie Feyen (as Vicki) brought some real sparkle to the scene and was a heartily enjoyable character to watch along with her husband Harold (Ben Pryor). The cast really worked so well together that it is hard to separate them from the story; they performed seamlessly and cohesively, pulling together a great show.
Insecurities, financial hardship, body issues, and stripping delivered in a high energy, high comedy format made this version of ‘The Full Monty’ really enjoyable show to watch. Director Steve Jenkins produced a risqué comedy that had the audience laughing out loud. It was a great way to spend a cold evening, and the nudity was...revealing.
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