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Bouncers

Bouncers
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: John Godber
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service (cover may change)
Format: Softcover
Pub. Date: 1991
ISBN-10: 0822201380
ISBN-13: 9780822201380
Cast Size: 4 male

About the Play:

Bouncers was one of Royal National Theatre of Britain's top 100 plays of the 20th century.

Bouncers is a full-length comedy by John Godber. Bursting with imagination and wit and presented by just four actors, Bouncers is about hope. Hope that fills singles bars night after night. Lucky Eric, Judd, Les and Ralph, the bouncers of the title portray over twenty different characters between them. We see them as giggly girls and lads on the make preparing for the big night out as we follow their Friday night social ritual.

Bouncers is a classic comedy that takes a sardonic look at Friday night fever among the idle youth of a north British industrial town. Staged with extreme simplicity, the play condenses an evening out with four men and four women, each group unaware of the other. In the face of circumstances that make it unlikely anyone will meet the man or woman of their dreams that night, the character's optimism, nevertheless, never fades. Although eventually drunk, stupid and nearly broke, they find something sustaining, at least, in each other's company. In control over all are the local club's four bouncers, Lucky Eric, Judd, Les and Ralph, hardened, cynical and unhappy. Working without props, dressed in black tie and evening jackets, four actors play not only the formidable bouncers and youthful revellers, but also the loose-knit story's female foursome and some 20-odd incidental characters. Written in the late-1970s, when Eric Burdon of the English rock group The Animals sang I've Got to Get Out of This Place, he was talking about this kind of life. Retaining all the 'charm' of that era, yet still every bit as relevant and relatable today, Bouncers is a telling portrait of all the excesses of the clubbing scene and the beginning of what is now called the binge-drinking culture that litters the streets and headlines today.

Bouncers was first produced in 1977 at the Edinburgh Festival. A London hit which went on to a record-breaking run in Los Angeles and a successful presentation in New York City, the play was nominated for Comedy of the Year in 1985 and won seven Los Angeles Critics Circles Awards and five awards in Chicago in 1987. Bouncers has stood the test of time with many a famous face taking on the iconic script as well as schools across the UK and beyond studying the piece.

Cast: 4 male

What people say:

"Godber doesn't dress it up or take it down. It's blue-collar rutsville, and his language is colloquial, smart-assed and knowing." — Vancouver Province

"Consistently entertaining." — Evening Standard

"Bouncers is brilliant." — Daily Mail

"Bouncers is one part Marx Brothers, one part Three Stooges, one part John Osborne and one part Monty Python." — Los Angeles Daily News

"Hip, outrageous, delirious, demented. Choose your superlatives, but don't miss this tribal rite." — Los Angeles Herald

"This is a courageous and vital piece of theatre." — LA Weekly

About the Playwright:

John Godber, OBE, is a multi award-winning English playwright and dramatist. His many plays are performed across the world and he is said to be the second most performed living English playwright, and third of all time (coming only narrowly behind William Shakespeare and Sir Alan Ayckbourn). With his wife Jane Thornton, also known as Jane Clifford and Jane Godber, they are arguably the nation's leading acting-writing-directing married couple. The former school teacher has been creative director of the Theatre Royal Wakefield since 2011 and set up the John Godber Company as its resident company.

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