British classic ‘The Full Monty’ takes to the stage in St Neots
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From April 20 to 23, The Priory Centre will play host to 90s classic ‘The Full Monty’; a British comedy-drama with laughs, lows, and very little clothing.
Put on by St Neots community theatre company, VAMPS, the original script has been transformed into a musical, and The Hunts Post has two pairs of VIP tickets ready to give away.
“As a cast member, it’s such an enormous show to be in,” said director George Kelly.
In fact, George was a cast member the last time the group performed ‘The Full Monty’ some 10 years ago, but has decided to pull up the director’s chair for its second showing.
“We were one of the earliest amateur dramatic groups to do it and one of the first to actually go ‘full monty’ and to get naked on stage,” he said.
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“It was time to resurrect it and bring it back, and it ties in with the Tata stuff as well.
“It’s been difficult directing in some ways. I want to be acting, but you use that when you’re directing. It’s been a real rollercoaster.”
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The story follows a group of six men, who, after being laid off at the Sheffield steel mills, decide to set up their own strip club.
More than just a giggle though, the script delves into the back stories of each character; something George was keen to explore further in his production.
Gaz is looking to pay off his child support payments following a messy divorce, Dave battles body image issues, and Lomper joins the group while battling severe depression.
“It’s an emotional rollercoaster about these people and their families,” George said, and he’s hoping this year’s show will be just as successful as the last, which saw strangers congratulate cast members on the street.
“There were a number of cast living in this area and people would come up to them saying ‘That happened to me a few times,’ and ‘I want to shake your hand; we couldn’t do that on stage in front of all those people.’”
To be in with a chance of winning a pair of VIP tickets worth £20 each, just answer this question. In which city is ‘The Full Monty’ set?
Answers on a postcard to: The Hunts Post, 30 High Street, Huntingdon, PE29 3TB or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline is April 18. Entries must include a daytime telephone number. Usual terms and conditions. Editor’s decision final.
For more information and tickets, visit thevamps.org