Arena Theatre presents John Godber's


Directed by Paul Nelson with permission from Josef Weinberger Ltd.

Bursting with imagination and wit and presented by just five actors, Bouncers is an outrageous and hilarious parody of the disco scene in the 1980's. The four brutish bouncers of the title plus one, portray over 20 characters as we are invited for a night out on the town. We see them as giggly girls and lads on the make preparing for the big night out as we follow their progress to the disco floor. There, we also meet an entire cross-section of disco-goers, hooray henrys, pogoing punks and drunken slobs. The evening's events are set against the tatty, glitzy, glamour, flashing lights and pulsating beat of the night-club scene.

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  • There are no scheduled performances of this production.

Sarah Vandervelde

ARRIVING at a theatre to be greeted by two “toughies” in dinner jackets, one might wonder what was in store. The answer quickly became clear – a superbly executed “night out” where the audience was introduced to an array of clubbers, their relationships and expectations. Through the eyes of the “Bouncers” the audience viewed the characters at various stages of a night out, from preparations to taxi ride home, via kebab shop. Credit must go to the first-class performances – Les (Scott Sullivan), Judd (Pete Griffiths), Ralph (Simon Meredith) and notably Lucky Eric (Russell Biles) who, under the skilful direction of Paul Nelson, brought a strong element of Men (and women) Behaving Badly to the stage. The various snapshots of the lives of different groups brought together at the club were ably supported by Adam Donoghue, whose kebab seller was particularly entertaining. A simple set, clever lighting and sound effects all contributed to the atmosphere in this very funny and extremely moving play.
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