Our student guest reviewer Callum O’Brien went to see The Full Monty at Norwich Theatre Royal.
The Full Monty is possibly one of the funniest shows I have ever watched. This show provides a vast amount of comedy and dark humour. Also, the story is based on serious themes such as poverty, depression and body image with unemployment being the main one.
This very clever production of The Full Monty is all about six males in Sheffield looking for work during the 1970s, when the local steel industry was collapsing. However, they aren’t the luckiest in finding jobs which at that time would come available only rarely. One of the men Gaz (Gary Lucy) is inspired by seeing the queue outside a club waiting to see the Chippendale’s striptease act to try and repeat their success.
The male roles in this production were out of this world. They all added more and more comedy to the show as each character was added to the story. There wasn’t one point in the story that I stopped concentrating. I was engaged the whole way through from start to finish.
What I really liked about this show was the performance from Gary Lucy and Kai Owen. These two actors were amazing. The relationship between these two was inseparable. Gary Lucy and Kai Owen were able to show how much friends had to stick together during this difficult period.
A special mention goes to the young Reiss Ward who plays Nathan (Gaz’s son). It’s amazing to see a young performer at the age of 12 with so much confidence. Reiss really stood out to me, you could really see how hard Reiss and Gary had worked on that father and son bond.
The Full Monty was a high quality performance and there wasn’t one point where stopped laughing.
I would really recommend watching this production. It will make your day.
The Full Monty, Monday 10-Saturday 15 October at 7.30pm, and Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm. Tickets £8-£32.50. Discounts for Friends, Corporate Club, Over-60s, Under-18s, and Groups. Captioned performance at 2.30pm on Wednesday 12 October.
To book, call the box office on 01603 630000 or log onto http://www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk