MEN in Gloucester are not so shy after all – after scores of them volunteered to strip off for a Full Monty style theatre show.
Director Tricia Dunn enlisted the help of the Citizen in trying to find enough men to take part in her production of Ladies Night in September at the Kings Theatre, in Kingsbarton Street.
The director for the amateur group The Crown Players couldn’t believe her luck when her phone wouldn’t stop ringing with offers from men who want a starring role in the production which went on to inspire the famous Full Monty film.
Tricia said: “A massive thanks to the Citizen for the coverage. I have now had enough men put themselves forward for me to be able to cast the show and get the ball rolling so to speak.
“Without this help it wouldn't have been possible and now I am really excited about the prospect of getting the show on the road.
“Now all I have to do is choose from those that have come forward and start the rehearsals.”
In her appeal last week Tricia admitted she had found it a real struggle to find men who were willing to take part in a role that involves them stripping, although there is no full frontal nudity.
“It seemed like the men of Gloucester were feeling a little shy,” she said.
The Crown Players would not be the first amateur group to try a risque production of a Full Monty style show.
The Cheltenham Operatic and Dramatic Show will beat them to it in June when they perform The Full Monty at the Everyman theatre.
One cast member admitted it had been ‘a real struggle’ to find enough men who were willing to take on a role.
Amateur theatre has been given somewhat an edgier feel in recent months, ever since the Phoenix Players performed the stage play of The Graduate with full-on nudity.