23-28 November 2015
Reviewed by Katherine Christensen
Fantastic, Fun and Moving ….
I had the fantastic opportunity to go and see The Full Monty last night at the Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury, the production was both fun and moving.
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre is a relatively modern theatre in the centre of the town, there is ample well lit and reasonably priced parking – and a new carpark recently opened directly opposite the Theatre for that added choice.
The foyer of the theatre was packed last night with a wide range of ages and friendship groups, yet at no point was it disorganised, the bar and ticket collection were running smoothly and efficiently and as ever the staff were both courteous and helpful with nothing too much to ask.
We took our seats and awaited the performance… it must be noted that the Waterside has a fantastic amount of legroom and at no point do you feel you are sitting ‘on top’ of the people around you.
Having seen the film of the same name many years ago I thought I had remembered the storyline well but age and time made me realise quite how dark at places the story was, these characters had been out of work for 6 months and jobs were few and far between. Gaz, played by Gary Lucy, and his mate Dave, Martin Miller, were seen to be the lead characters with young Nathan, Ewan Phillips, as Gaz’s son.
The story follows Gaz, Dave and their friends on a quest to earn money – Gaz is behind on his child maintenance and access is stopped, the relationship portrayed between Gaz, Gary Lucy, and his son Nathan, Ewan Phillips, was fantastic, a true mix of emotions the overriding one being the love.
There were moments in the show of great fun but also a significant moment when the entire theatre was silent as they just weren’t sure whether Lomper, Bobby Schofield, was going to succeed in taking his own life.
The show portrayed the relationships not only between the friends but also some of the wives, from the fact one was working and supporting the husband to another who had no idea that their husband was out of work.
The finale of course was the performance at the club where they certainly didn’t disappoint!
All in all I loved the show, and would recommend to anyone who is looking for a fun, well acted, emotional show!
Tickets cost from £11.90 to £32.90 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
The Full Monty is at the Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury until 28 November 2015. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 871 7607.
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP20 1UG