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Families tear strip off Monty critics; SEDGLEY: Anger as saucy theatre show is forced out of town by protesters.

Byline: By Tony Deeley

FUN loving Sedgley people today took their hats off to a theatre company's The Full Monty production and slammed objectors who forced it to move from the town.

West Bromwich Operative Society was to have performed a stage version of the box office smash - complete with full strip routine by six actors - at the Mill Theatre, based at Sedgley's Dormston School.

Complaints made to management about the content of the show forced the company to revise its plans and move it to Lichfield's Garrick Theatre. But dismayed residents in the Black Country town today claimed Sedgley's loss was Lichfield's gain.

Mother-of five Hazel Parkes, aged 40, who has two children, aged 11 and 16, at the school, said she would have gone to see the production and taken them with her.

Hazel, of Downfield Drive, Sedgley, said: "In this day and age you have to have an open mind. Get a life and move with the times I say."

Teenager Simone Charles, of Northway, Sedgley, said: "I would say those who objected to the show are being prudish Pensioner Les Marsh, aged 76, of The Cross, Sedgley, said: "People know what it's about and if they think it is too rude they should not go."

Mother-of-three Hazel Green, aged 56, slammed the objectors.

Hazel, of Elgin Close, Sedgley, said: "Thousands of people have The Full Monty DVD or the video at home. We have Page 3 girls in the paper, female strippers for stag nights and male ones for hen nights so what is the problem Jennie Whitehouse, aged 32 and single, of Cannon Drive, Coseley, said: "I would have been in the front row to see this show. I am no prude." Graham Hartill, aged 50, whose hairdressing business Cutz and Co, in Mill Bank, is just yards from the Mill Theatre, said: "Theatre is entertainment. It is not like going to a lewd strip show."

John Wetherall, marketing co-ordinator for the production, said the show had not actually been banned by the Mill but that the theatre bosses had asked for it to be censored because of the nudity and strong language.

Wayne Penn, duty manager for the Dormston Centre where the theatre is based, said: "We received a couple of letters prior to the show raising concerns over the content."

The show will be performed at the Garrick Theatre in Lichfield from October 18 to 22. For more details call 01543 41212

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nSHOW SUPPORT...(From left) Sedgley residents Simone Charles, Hazel Parkes, Jennie Whitehouse, Graham Hartill, Hazel Green and Les Marsh; TOO HOT TO HANDLE...The Mill Theatre in Sedgley, and (left) how the Black Country Mail broke the news of the Monty row yesterday
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