• 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 s****l 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. Creative writing - The Pedestrian.

    The city's atmosphere is almost a character in itself. It appears to be very peculiar at night it seems so quiet, hushed and motionless. There appears to be empty streets. But however during the day it seems so normal and busy. Its like they are caught up in a trance, they appear to be hypnotised during the night.

  1. 'Ape Theatre Company' came to our school to perform their production of 'Too Much ...

    She put on a cardigan and kind of wrapped it around herself to show how we comfort ourselves and when she delivered her monologue about when she heard about what happened to her daughter and how she felt towards Judy it was chilling.

  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. Gcse Drama Theatre - Anna Karenina.

    There was also an echo of Jerzy Grotowski techniques, who trained actors to think of their characters like and animal. One of the s*x scenes was tied in with horse racing. The people that attended the ball lined up, looking through binoculars at Anna and Vronski, as Anna acted as the horse, and Vronski as the rider.

  2. Beautiful Burnout by frantic assembly: REVIEW

    at the end fight when Ajay and Cameron were fighting and using still image combined with Gestus in order to make the fight more intriguing). The utter most outstanding piece of acting style in my opinion was the exaggerated still image to which represented feeling and emotions of the characters.

  1. Drama Review - A Flea in Her Ear

    continuously had a stethoscope around his neck. Without anyone speaking, you could immediately see that he was playing the role of some kind of doctor. Small details like this, added to the play so well presented, made it something which was extremely enjoyable to watch. The pace of the play was one of the aspects that everyone was amazed by and indulged in.

  2. Doctor Faustus Review

    It also brought a comical feel to the whole performance which changes the whole theme, did they intend to make you laugh or feel sympathy for Faustus? They made a member of the audience feel uncomfortable and separating the performer both physically and verbally.

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