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REVIEW: The Full Monty at The Opera House

Set against the backdrop of industrial decline and economic hardship in Sheffield, The Full Monty follows six unemployed steelworkers trying to regain their dignity and pride.

Led by the irrepressible Gaz, played with heart and humour, the motley crew embarks on a wild and audacious journey to form a male stripping act, turning their insecurities into strengths and their vulnerabilities into triumphs.

Beneath its lively surface of flashy dance numbers and raucous humour, the play centres around profound themes of friendship, masculinity, suicide, body image and the struggle for self-acceptance.

Each character confronts their own internal battles. Through their decision to join the strip tease act, they embark on a journey of self-discovery, ultimately learning to embrace their true selves, flaws and all.

The cast was simply phenomenal, each person brought such unique energy and depth to their character.

Neil Hurst, playing the role of 'Dave', delivered a standout performance and was a personal favourite for us. His portrayal of Dave was both authentic and heartfelt, capturing the essence of a man struggling with insecurities and body image issues while also showcasing his resilient, comedic side.

He's depicted as a lovable, down-to-earth character. Neil brought a sense of humour and charm which endeared him to us as an audience while still exploring Dave's inner turmoil with nuance and sensitivity.

Danny Hatchard as Gaz had the audience in fits of laughter with his quick wit and impulsive mischief. The chemistry he and young Rowan Poulton, playing his son Nathan, had was beautiful to see and completely encompassed the complex dynamics of the family unit.

The high-energy, show-stopping dance sequence at the end was a wonderful testament to the group's newfound confidence. Dancers shed their clothing one piece at a time, basking in the applause and delight of the audience.

This hilarious timeless tale was the best I have seen in a long time - a truly heartwarming performance of theatrical brilliance from start to finish.

Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/the-full-monty-the-play-by-simon-beaufoy/opera-house-manchester/.

 

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