Andrew Dunn started his third tour in the Full Monty in 2018 and The Enquirer got the chance to speak to him about the tour, the iconic film and his career.
How is the tour going so far?
Yes great, it’s really going down well with audiences and they react to the actors and storylines. The audience always gets involved and cheers along with us. The film is such a feel good movie but we think that seeing it on stage makes it feel even better than the film. It has been received very well so far.
Are you looking forward to coming to Southend?
I have been on Southend Pier once but apart from that never been so I’m looking forward to seeing how it has changed over the years.
Have you had any experiences in your life where you can relate at all to the character that you play Gerald?
Yes I can as I was born in Leeds and moved to Newcastle aged 9. They were old mining towns and I remember them knocking down the ship yards and people not knowing how they were gonna pay their bills with no investment in jobs.
When I started out in acting it was hard; I was unemployed fairly often and I used to drive lorries to make ends meet so I understand what’s it like to be unemployed.
Do you enjoy playing Gerald?
He is really quite a moody old git so I really enjoy it. He thinks he is quite a contradiction!
What do you prefer TV or theatre?
Well because I started in this business over 30 years ago I got acting jobs first in theatre, then once I had made a name for myself I got asked to audition for TV roles including Dinnerladies.
These days’ actors go straight into TV and then go to the theatre.
These days you need to be on TV to remind people that you are still around!
I love doing both and I feel very lucky that in my career I have had the chance to do both.
Are you having fun on the tour with the other cast members and crew?
That’s one of the best things about doing theatre tours! We have a good laugh with the cast and the crew. This is my third tour playing Gerald and most of the group have done two tours so they have spent a lot of time together.
I’ve recently moved to Scarbourough but then and went straight on tour.
The Full Monty is on at the Cliffs Pavilion from 1st to 6th April. For tickets contact the box office on 01702 351135.