Hard Act Theatre Company is delighted to announce that they are bringing their acclaimed production of the John Godber classic Bouncers to The Watergate Theatre for one night only.
‘Bouncers’ takes us back to an era when nightclubs were called discos, they served chicken suppers, and the DJs played ‘slow sets’. The multi-award winning comedy is set in and around a nightclub somewhere near you, sometime in the nineties and features a cast of four. Dressed in black suits and bow ties, the four actors play all the parts, the four bouncers (obviously), four likely lads out on the beer and on the pull, four girls all glammed up for a night on the tiles, and a host of other characters from hairdressers to barbers, to ravers to nightclub DJs and cab drivers, in fact, more than twenty characters in total. The cast is made up of Mikey Dunne, Sarsfield Fitzgerald, Stephen Wyley and Kevin McCormack who also directed the piece. Kevin will be familiar to those of you who were lucky enough to get a ticket for the sell-out run of The All Star Wars at The Watergate last June Bank Holiday weekend, he was the script writer and also played the lead character Hugh Cullen.
Bouncers is a demanding play for the actors as they are never off stage and have to switch characters in an instant. As the girls, they mince about on the stage with handbags held aloft, and for female audience members there will be something uncomfortably familiar about them as they get very drunk, try to pull, dance around their handbags and end up crying inconsolably in the loos by the end of the night. The lads are loud and lewd, and are ultimately after one thing only, and every man in the audience is guaranteed to see something of someone he knows parodied on stage at some point in the performance. The scene in the gent’s toilet of the nightclub will have you in tears as the four boys attempt the simplest of tasks in the most hazardous of conditions!
The four bouncers are very different characters, Les is young, impressionable, and up for a fight. Wayne is young, but a bit less volatile, and is the voice of reason. John is all brawn and very little brain, and Lucky Denis is the elder of the four, and after years of seeing all human life pass through the doors, he is a troubled man who has quite simply had enough. It’s like stand up comedy at it’s funniest but within the confines of a play. It’s a no holds barred social commentary. It’s rude and it’s crude with adult themes and strong language, so it’s not for children or those easily offended.
Bouncers runs at The Watergate Theatre for one night only, on Saturday October 27 at 8pm. Tickets are priced at €15 (€12 concessions) and are available from The Watergate box office on 056 7761674 or online from www.watergatetheatre.com.
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