Felixstowe goes the Full Monty
By Linda Aleksic
An adaptation of the hugely popular film about a group of unlikely strippers comes to Felixstowe's Spa Pavilion courtesy of the Ipswich Operatic and Dramatic Society. But does the production leave the audience wanting to see more?
It has to be admitted, I didn't really know what to expect with a show like this. But I was thoroughly entertained by the performance, despite a few first night nerves and technical problems, some of which even drew applause!
The storyline was fairly close to that of the film, although it was set in America, which I thought reduced the level of realism and some accents were less than convincing.
The best performance of the night was definitely Alan Flay, whose portrayal of the 'Mummy's Boy' Malcolm was a masterpiece of comedic timing and character acting, not to mention delivery of the best song of the night.
Creditable performances came from Jonathan Mudd and David Crane, the two main characters, whose relationship problems were well portrayed and extremely funny in places.
Thirteen-year-old James Dean (there's a name from the past!) played the part of the boy torn between his separated parents, and as this is his first principal role, it was very well accomplished.
These male parts (no pun intended!) were well balanced by some strong female roles, notably Samantha Horsfield, whose singing voice was exceptional, and Margaret Mudd.
Margaret Mudd performed some brilliant asides and had shades of Maureen Lipman at her ironical best (although the 'oxymorons' were a bit rushed, and I didn't catch the meaning).
On the whole, the show covered many common ailments in today's society, including redundancy, broken and failing marriages, repressed homosexuality and even bereavement, and an over-riding sexual innuendo that was not overpowering, given the storyline.
However, I did feel there was slightly too much swearing for my liking, which was at times not necessary for the circumstances.
Something for the boys
The many 'girls nights out' groups didn't have it all their own way though, and the surprising number of men in the audience were treated to a stockings and suspenders chorus number in a dream scene.
There were enough bare bums to shake a stick at, but I won't spoil the surprise of the finale, just say that its difficult to know where to hide the radio mic battery packs!
BBC Radio Suffolk is a media partner for the production.
last updated: 11/10/07
Have Your Say
wonderfully performed by all, we all throughly enjoyed evey min, cant wait for the next show. congratulations to you all very well done
I went with my friend who gave me this night out for my Birthday present! I thought it was very well done but i did not like,i was very dissapointed, was the Amercan accent why was this necessary? but it was funny and i enjoyed my birthday treat.