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Bouncers provides great night out

PUBLISHED: 00:46 15 May 2002 | UPDATED: 11:55 03 March 2010

BOUNCERS

The Regent, Ipswich







WHEN John Godber's Bouncers begins it is simply with four men on stage.

When it ends the same four men remain.

But last night at the Regent this was enough to bring people to their feet, cheering and applauding.

BOUNCERS

The Regent, Ipswich

WHEN John Godber's Bouncers begins it is simply with four men on stage.

When it ends the same four men remain.

But last night at the Regent this was enough to bring people to their feet, cheering and applauding.

All the characters in the play, which included four lads, four girls and four bouncers were played by Tim Vincent, Gareth Hale, Zach Lee and William Ilkley.

There could have been a danger that the stage looked empty, or that their credibility wavered as they

switched from man to woman, punter to bouncer.

But it simply served to hold the whole thing together as you saw how intertwined these lives really were.

It was a simple concept. Four bouncers watch the doors of Mr Cinders nightclub - in a town near you.

Inside lads and lasses dance and drink and fall prey to the Friday feeling.

A disposable life where the only end is the final pint and the admittance that your dole cheque has all but gone.

But it was done with a great deal of humour. The sight of four grown men dancing to the Macarena is not to be missed and the carefully crafted insight into a young girl out on a Friday night was fantastic. As the night wore on the girls became more and more drunk, revelling in their giddy heads and alcopops. With each pint the lads got closer to their final destination - and it was not home alone. Yet you knew it was not going to work out.

The wonderful last dance scene encompasses much that we all hate about those Friday nights.

Alone on the edge of the floor all four lads end up with the four girls. Sexy Susie with the fat one,

plain Elaine desperately trying to kiss the short one.

It was hilarious and touching at the same time.

Gareth Hale played a wonderfully crafted bouncer who, at one and the same time was a hard nut while trying to come to terms with the fact his wife had left him.

His epilogues throughout touched on the real essence of the show.

To accompany the sex and alcohol came a lot of toilet humour. That great British staple which has pulled the worst of productions from the brink of death.

Predictable though it may have been - it worked.

It was a great night of comedy and if you ever want to see a snap shot of yourself, aged 17,in a club then please go along - it will horrify and fascinate you.

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