Explained: All you need to know about the local Full Monty show

In just a few months’ time, The Full Monty show will be performed. Gary Russell and a team of brave recruits will dare to bare in front of a large audience. We have all you need to know.

There are a few things we can be sure of: the dancers will be wishing they never agreed to it, there will be a few excitable spectators and a whole load of awareness will be raised for breast, prostate and testicular cancer.

Amongst the excitement to the lead up of the Full Monty, you may be wondering about the details of the occasion. So to help you prepare for the big show, The Hub has compiled a list of important facts surrounding the event. Here’s everything you need to know before they get their kit off.


A show of ‘The Full Monty’ is being put together to raise awareness for breast, prostate and testicular cancer. The event will also be raising money for charity by selling tickets for £10 each. For those of you who haven’t heard of ‘The Full Monty’, you are in for a real treat. The Full Monty was originally a comedy film in 1997, directed by Peter Cattaneo. It is based around a group of working class men who form their own striptease group to help one of the men pay off his child support obligations. It’s fair to say, the film was a massive hit and The Full Monty has become and iconic routine. Essentially the dance is a raunchy routine where items of clothing are removed. Gary Russell and his time will be performing their version of The Full Monty where the ladies team will be revealing all as they strip down to just there knickers and… Brace yourself… The men are baring all and will be nude by the end of the performance. Refreshments will be available on the big night, including alcohol – please note: it is an 18+ event and there will be security.

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Where? I hear you ask. The ‘big reveal’ will be taking place on the stage at Herne Bay Pier which is located on the seafront opposite the arcades. Look out for the helter skelter and you won’t be far off! Since 2014 the number of events at the pier has continued to grow and often welcomes large crowds, as this one is for charity; we are expecting an extra large audience!


The Full Monty will be taking place on August 11 with a provisional time of 8pm put in place by Gary Russell who is the organiser of the event. Gary has told The Hub that there are plans to have stalls throughout the day to raise money for the Queen Victoria hospital’s chemotherapy unit. So why not make it a fun day out and soak up the sunshine (if it comes out) on the seaside and grab your tickets to watch the show on stage that evening.

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Good question. Not just a bunch of randomers stripping for no reason. Gary, has organised the event as he had a light bulb moment when watching The Full Monty which was aired on ITV in April. He said “it really hit home” as he has had personal family experiences with cancer, and some family members haven’t been as lucky as others and have lost their lives. Gary said “I think it’s a great way of raising awareness locally”. The money raised from ticket sales as well as the online donation page, set up by the dance choreographer is all going to the chemotherapy unit at The Queen Victoria hospital in Herne Bay. Gary said: “I feel like they deserve it, because of all their hard work and support.”

Above: The Queen Victoria hospital in Herne Bay.


Gary has rounded up his troops. He has a male team currently made up of 6 men, including himself who will all be stripping off on the night. The oldest member being Jim Cairney who is 74. Their rehearsals are due to begin this weekend with choreographer Natalie Evans, an ex UK dance champion. The ladies group is made up of 8 women, the youngest member being 19-year-old Rebecca Wieting. Dance choreographer Natalie started working with the female team last weekend and has said: “I cannot express how proud I am of them already.” The ladies are said to be fast learners, Natalie added: “they picked up the routine in just 30 minutes.” No pressure ladies, we are expecting big things! Each of the volunteers are participating for their own personal reasons, some have lost close family members, some are currently battling and others just want to raise as much awareness as they can.

Above: Choreographer, Natalie.