Review: Bouncers Remix by John Godber

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Stereotypes abound in this four man play centred on the world of clubbing. The cast take turns to play the role of four bouncers, four girls on a night out, and the four guys trying to take them home despite the fourteen pints they’ve consumed. The play was originally written in the 70s and set in a Northern town; focusing on the racial and homophobic tensions that were perhaps more prevalent during that time, this modern ‘remix’ implies they still sadly remain in society today.

The turnout was remarkable (perhaps because entry was free) but, regardless, it bodes well for the upcoming theatrical year to have so much interest from new and old timers alike. The performance space was set up with small tables and chairs designed to resemble a pub or club, although this led to there being more people than seats, yet it was a nice touch. Likewise the lighting was quite an achievement for Venue 2; flashes of disco lights gave the scene an appropriate tacky feel, before switching to a full wash for the moments of stark realisation. Having said this, I do feel like there was a slight lack of polish to the production. This was probably affected by the illness of one cast member and the performance being this early in the term, but during some scene changes and in the delivery of shared lines things seemed a touch under-rehearsed.

The standard of acting, however, made up for these occasional jerky moments. It was incredibly energised. The cast moved from character to character effortlessly, transforming from a tipsy girl to a boozed up lad with no more of a costume change than the drop of a handbag.

The show returned from a run last semester and Cameron Kirby should be commended not only for his direction, which created a clean cut and edgy performance, but also his stand-in for a graduate cast member. Jamie Jones should be admired as he was taken ill just before the show, leading to a 40 minute delay, yet his performance was upbeat and his humour cutting. Oli Clayton really stood out when playing the more serious role of old bouncer Lucky Eric, through whom he portrayed poignantly the troubled psyche of a disappointed divorcee in a world he no longer understands. My stand out performer, however, was Ben Anderson for his sheer versatility; his characters were the most distinctive throughout, from the commendably believable ‘Sexy Suzie’ to a sleazy DJ with a sickening laugh that never failed to make the audience laugh as well.

Considering the difficulties, this was an excellent performance, and a promising start to the theatrical year to come.

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