• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

I am going to be writing a review for the theatre performance I saw called "Bouncers"; I saw it at Wildern School in Hedge End on the 5th of December 2002.

Extracts from this document...


I am going to be writing a review for the theatre performance I saw called "Bouncers"; I saw it at Wildern School in Hedge End on the 5th of December 2002. This production was written by John Godber, he also wrote the productions of Shakers, "teechurs" and "up and under". John Godber writes about normal everyday people. He mainly writes about the working class people who struggle and have unfulfilled lives and he looks at the humour and misery of their everyday lives. He finds comedy in the situation, even if slightly depressing, however he doesn't laugh at the people in these situations. The setting for the production is around a nightclub in a busy low/middle class area. The scene is not appealing at all and each character in the play is 'bad', 'mad' or 'sad'. None of the characters are particularly likeable they all have their flaws. The 4 performers were acting out 12 principal roles. The difficulty for them was making distinct differences for the audience to realise what character they were playing. There was no change of costume throughout the production but the characters were still easily distinguishable. ...read more.


All characters were caricatures not exaggerated characters. The girls were extreme caricatures. The girls were based on real personalities we would have all met some time in our lives; everyone has encountered a 'Plain Elaine' and a 'Sexy Susie'! There was one problem with men playing women caricatures. Some people may have seen the actors more as 4 unfeminine men rather than 4 men as women caricatures. I saw them as 4 men as women caricatures so they were successful in convincing me. The actors did this by not pretending to be women instead they pretended to be female caricatures and this exaggeration made the character changeover very obvious to the audience I believe the actors succeeded in changing roles but some morphing was slightly 'flawed'. However there were masses of very effective morphing moments. One moment was when the four lads in the taxi were going home wound down the window to urinate which blew back on them to their dismay, the react to this by standing up and kicking back the chairs they had been sitting on and saying, "look at this mess," suddenly becoming the bouncers again. ...read more.


But bouncers doesn't rely on dialogue, or refer to a location to make it clear to the audience except in the hairdressers. So lighting was a crucial element in the production. SET The music wasn't as important of an element as lighting but some parts would have been cut like the music on the dance floor and Elaine's bag swinging to the beat of the music. There was a lot of music played and relied on. Without the music it wouldn't have been the same show, the slow motion effect would have seemed ridiculous. The play Godber wrote in 1980 isn't the play we saw because there has been a lot added to the production. They have updated a lot of references to keep it current and so an audience watching it would be able to easily relate to the production. There are current issues in the production like Osama bin laden and Goths. The club didn't seem like it was any different to any normal club, the costumes were believable so were the characters, for all I know it could have been a club in Southampton on a Saturday night. Bouncers contained strong language and sexual references which might have been offensive to some. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Plays section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Plays essays

  1. Jaws - review.

    The mayor is also in shock after the fourth attack because his family was there and in danger. Tension in the plot and the ending The first attacks had very little personal involvement with the main characters, they were used to scare the audience and build up tension.

  2. Analysis of a physical theatre performance - Under the Influence

    and then just threw him aside and went on to the next. This was not what is usually expected. In our society you would expect the man to be pushier and force himself on the woman and then ignore her afterwards so this was quite unexpected.

  1. Theatre Review. Shakers Re: Stirred.

    The genre of the play was a comedy, so the general expectations that the audience wanted to see were jokes, puns, and play on words. Generally light comedy, not to heavy to take in and very over the top actions.

  2. For my Coursework I studied 'Bouncers - 1990s Remix' by John Godber, and 'Shakers-Restirred' ...

    We decided that we needed to introduce our characters first, and we chose to do this with some music and a poem. Our play was a mixture of several short scenes which were quite funny and over-the-top, and some longer, more serious monologues, when the police tell their inner stories.

  1. Donner Company

    Thus, it would take longer time for the whole process. If most of the orders were more than 100 units, the bottleneck was still in the Drill operation since the CNC Drill was the second longest operation. However, the total time for the process would be less than in the

  2. How Successful is Brecht's 'The Good Person of Szechwan' as an example of Epic ...

    In the Interlude between Scene's four and five. Shen Teh sings directly to the audience 'Song of the Defencelessness of the Good and the Gods', which is sung as the character of Shen Teh and as her alter ego Shui Ta. In this song Shen Teh deliberately changes into her cousin Shui Ta so that the audience can

  1. First Impressions of - 'Our Country's Good' Review. On the 6th of December 2006, ...

    The fact that the actors used the set for multi-purposes made them seem more skilled as actors as they used something simple as more than one object allowing the audience to use their imagination which allowed them to concentrate on the performance more.

  2. Gcse Drama Theatre - Anna Karenina.

    I thought that this was a stunning effect because it showed what was happening with the other characters that were not on the stage. It also showed how the people at the ball were aware of what Stiva was doing but were putting on a front, pretending that everything was

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work