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The Real Full Monty returns to Stafford as locals dare to bare all for charity this May

Stafford locals are daring to bare all for charity as hit show The Real Full Monty Stafford returns to the Gatehouse Theatre for an exclusive run of three shows this May.

The event, first established by show organiser and radio broadcaster, Rich Tomkinson, was inspired by the ITV broadcast “The Real Full Monty”, raising awareness for breast and testicular cancer. Rich took this idea and ran with it, wanting to create a local event in the vein of Children In Need or Comic Relief.

In 2019, his event went on to raise over £32,000 for local charities, with the show selling out the local theatre twice and involving a host of Stafford locals in the famously raunchy routine, many of whom are cancer survivors themselves.

In 2018, Rich enlisted the help of long-time friend and broadcast journalist, Ian Beddow for his video producing skills, together documenting the creation of the event and the poignant real stories of the locals behind making the show a success. The feature length documentary “Out of Their Comfort Zone: The Real Full Monty” premiered at the Gatehouse Theatre in 2019.

After an unexpected hiatus due to the pandemic and subsequent lockdown, The Real Full Monty Stafford is back and bigger than ever, featuring a whole night of entertainment with local acts and people in aid of three Stafford charities: Childhood Cancer Parents Alliance, A Child of Mine and the Stafford branch of the Samaritans.

Acts performing on the night include students of musical theatre at the Birmingham Ormiston Academy, Stafford vocal duo, Gin Sunday, comedienne, Our Trace and classical singer, Charlotte McWilliam, all culminating in a ladies and gents Full Monty routine.

Speaking on the event, show organiser, Rich Tomkinson said: “We were overwhelmed by the love, support and money raised in 2019, and were so disappointed we couldn’t go ahead with the show in 2020.

“We believe this year, our show will be bigger and better, hopefully raising some much-needed funds for our three chosen local charities.”

Ian Beddow added: “Creating a show like this takes a lot of hard work and dedication. None of our Full Monty dancers are professionals, and some have never even set foot on a stage before. These are genuine, local people who are determined to go beyond their comfort zones for a greater cause and we take our hats off to them – no pun intended!”

The event will be sponsored by loft-boarding company, Instaloft, whom Rich has worked with for 4 years as a surveyor. This will be the business’ first year as the main event sponsor, having donated £2.5K towards the event, as well as donating a loft-boarding voucher as a raffle prize to the value of £1500.

Speaking on the company’s sponsorship of the event, Marketing Manager of Instaloft, Poppy Mackay said: “We’re thrilled to show our support for this incredible event. The charities that the proceeds go to are truly inspirational, and touch the lives of many in and around Stafford.”

The Real Full Monty (Stafford) will be at the Gatehouse Theatre on May 23rd, 24th and 25th 2024.

Tickets are available now from:

www.gatehousetheatre.co.uk

For more information about the show, search “The Real Full Monty – Stafford” on Facebook, or visit:

www.ibmediauk.com

To make a donation, please visit:

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/RealFullMontyStafford

For more information about the charities:

https://www.ccpa.org.uk/

https://achildofmine.org.uk/

https://www.samaritans.org/branches/stafford/

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