Saucy play needs men who dare to bare

The Spotlight theatre group is putting on a musical version of hit film The Full Monty, about six unemployed men who form their own striptease group to make money.

Six "average Joes" will be baring all on stage in Beccles later this year.

The Spotlight theatre group is putting on a musical version of hit film The Full Monty, about six unemployed men who form their own striptease group to make money. The production will be nudity and all - but first the hunt is on to find men willing to do it.

Director Dave Higgins, who has worked with the Lowestoft Players for 14 years, said: "I think it will shock a few people in Beccles but everything will be done in the best of taste.

"I hope we get the right kind of men to do it. We need six average Joes. I don't want six fit-looking guys. The men just need to be able to act and sing."


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And although Sheringham Little Theatre caused a stir two years ago when its production of Salome advertised "full frontal nudity", prompting complaints it would give the town a tacky image, people in Beccles seemed happy with the idea of The Full Monty.

David Pearce said: "I support any local talent. I would go and see it, certainly. I'm sure my wife would enjoy it."

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Joan Cogling added: "I think it will be lovely if they can get someone to do it. These days anything goes."

But Luke Holliday said: "It may be a bit risqué for Beccles. There may be some complaints."

But the show's nudity will only be momentary - and there are hints that a flash of light may mean that the male actors need not fear too much scrutiny.

The show will be on at the Public Hall in June. A sing-through is being held on January 16 at 7.30pm, while the male audition is on January 18 at 10am and the female audition is on January 20 at 7.30pm. All are at the Quaker Hall. For more information call Mr Higgins on 01502 711469.

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