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Drama review on Bouncers the play

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Introduction

Theatre Review of Bouncers During this review I will be discussing and comparing the main points of the play "Bouncers", written by John Godber, which I attended on the 5th of October 2006 at the Queens theatre, Hornchurch. Firstly the basic plot of the play was a Saturday night out on the town from the different perspectives of a group of guys, a group of women, the bouncers of a club and other miscellaneous characters that are involved during the course of the play. However there are only four actors throughout and therefore they have to play numerous characters. The group of guys that are portrayed are simply "out on the lash" so to speak and are absolutely intoxicated from the word go, since it is there big night of the week. Further more their whole aim of the play is about trying to get into the clubs and try and get some ladies. However you have the other main male characters the bouncers, who are simply on a routine night watching the doors reminiscing of previous experiences. Also they compare one another's attributes when it comes to fighting and they try and better each other, their main theme is one of ego. ...read more.

Middle

(Below is an approximate illustration of the set.) Moving on there was a distinct lack of props in the play, due to the simplistic style of it, but the ones that were used for example the beer kegs had several uses e.g. they were used as a chair, an actual beer keg an a weights bench. The only other props that were used were women's handbags, and these were purely used to show if the actors were female. Further more the actors and their performances, in my opinion I believe all the actors were terrific and they all portrayed their characters excellently. The first actor I am going to focus on is James Earl Adair. He had the lead parts amongst all the groups except the women, his roles were "Lucky Eric", the ageing lead bouncer, "Bez" the top boy out of the young party going males and "Maureen" the slightly older contingent of the female group who had possibly had one night out too many. He played all his characters excellently and as he was probably the most experienced actor involved had very good awareness of his fellow actors and had confidence in his pronunciation of his lines that was noticeable as he did not stutter or hesitate once in the production, and this was down to his self confidence that ...read more.

Conclusion

The lighting changed when the scene was in the nightclub, they turned into flashing coloured lights or they had a disco ball effect with silver flashes. Also when they were outside it had a simple streetlamp yellow light them on the stage and this subsequently met the mood of the scene well. Finally on lighting when their was a fight scene the lighting went black apart from the backdrop and it created a silhouette effect and the actors slowed down and also there was strobe lighting used for fight scenes and these both gave a very intense outcome. There was not a lot of music and sound in the play but when it was incorporated it was either one of classic 80s background music or when it was needed sound effects for certain scenes e.g. when there was a fight it had the sound of people getting punched or kicked etc. In conclusion I believe that "Bouncers" was a very successful play, and I would recommend anyone to see it. Further more I have reason to believe that it is a very meaningful play as it gives an insight into the other side of an evening on the town and that side is the hard, lonesome yet enthralling life that is the life of a bouncer. By Luke Cuthbert ?? ?? ?? ?? Luke Cuthbert Drama Coursework ...read more.

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