Shows: Phoenix En­sem­ble goes The Full Monty..............

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAYCONTENTS -

KNOWN for stag­ing out­there pro­duc­tions, the brave and dar­ing folk at Phoenix En­sem­ble have thrust them­selves into another pearler with smash hit mu­si­cal The Full Monty, which opens tomorrow.

Based on the 1997 Bri­tish film of the same name, The Full Monty fol­lows the story of six un­em­ployed steel­work­ers who present a strip act at a lo­cal club.

One of lads, Jerry, de­clares their show will outdo com­peti­tors be­cause they are will­ing to go ‘‘the full monty’’ – that is, strip all the way.

While The Full Monty is fun and light-hearted, lo­cal di­rec­tor Tracey Hut­ley says she was drawn to the mu­si­cal be­cause it cov­ers ‘‘real peo­ple deal­ing with real is­sues’’.

As the men pre­pare for the show, they are forced to face their fears, self­con­scious is­sues and anx­i­eties while find­ing strength in their ca­ma­raderie.

‘‘The big re­veal at the end of the show, al­though im­por­tant, is only a fleet­ing mo­ment,’’ she says.

‘‘The true story is about the lives and the jour­ney th­ese men take while fac­ing some of the dark­est mo­ments of their lives, in­clud­ing un­em­ploy­ment, death, and is­sues around sex­u­al­ity. We’ve been work­ing hard in re­hearsals to en­sure the au­di­ence can con­nect with th­ese char­ac­ters and fall in love with them – quirks and all.’’

The Been­leigh pro­duc­tion stars Adam Bar­lett, Tyler Stevens, Kevin Doyle, Stephen Dor­ring­ton, Ja­son Law­son and Si­mon Ah­him as the male strip­tease act.

The cast also fea­ture Pete Keavy, Alana Ham­blyn, Mor­gan Leigh Gar­rity, Kristy Gee, Kate Peters, David Ham­blyn, Nathan Gee, Ash­leigh Youles, Doug Rum­ble, Valo Grant, Steve Pearton, Bree Thomp­son and Laura Gant.

Hut­ley says the The Full Monty’s orig­i­nal mu­sic is a big part of the show’s ap­peal.

‘‘The mu­sic is re­ally catchy and has an up­beat brass band sound and some of the most beau­ti­ful bal­lads of any show that I have ever di­rected,’’ she says.

The play fea­tures chore­og­ra­phy by Heather Scott and mu­si­cal di­rec­tion by Casey Chad­wick and Nick Ng.

‘‘Phoenix is known for de­liv­er­ing cut­ting edge the­atre and not nec­es­sar­ily pro­duc­ing the same sorts of shows as ev­ery other com­pany,’’ says Hut­ley.

‘‘ The Full Monty is tes­ta­ment to this. It takes real courage and trust from the cast to present this shows vul­ner­a­bil­ity and depth of char­ac­ter.’’

The Full Monty plays the Pavil­ion The­atre, Been­leigh Show­grounds, Fri­days and Satur­days at 7.30pm from tomorrow un­til Novem­ber 30.

Clock­wise, from top left: Adam Bar­lett (as Mal­colm), Tyler Stevens (Ethan), Si­mon Ah­him (Horse), Ja­son Law­son (Dave), Stephen Dor­ring­ton (Jerry) and Kevin Doyle (Harold) star in The Full Monty.

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