Paul Johnson | 09 Sep 2011 16:41pm
I have just read an alternative review of this production and I seriously don’t know where this guy was, because he wasn’t at the show I was at and nor does he know his play!
I have often read reviews on this site and magazine, but never have I thought a reviewer get it so blatantly wrong! I read reviews with interest and Paul Johnson must have been in a bad way to have got this production so unfairly misjudged. Bouncers is a piece that the writer says shoulkd be adapted and made to work for each group. The references to the eighties was explained by saying that it was eighties night at the disco! Ok the music was a little loud at times and occasionally hard to hear some of the dialogue, but discos are loud places! Paul Johnson said that he thought it was ridiculous to include an interval. Erm , the script, at least my script that I have in front of me now has a SCRIPTED interval! So I suggest that Paul bones up on his script before making erroneous statements. Bouncers is a two act play and was written as such and thus was it performed. As for the comments about the Bouncers starting off outside the theatre. Erm, yeah, bouncers work outside the club, so totally appropriate for the guys to start their performance outside. As is often is the case with this show.
Mind you when I arrived we had a Bouncer up a ladder sorting out a fire alarm, but to his credit stayed in character. I am an avid theatre goer but I didn’t see the version at Eynsford, so I will restrict my comments to this production. This was my first time to the Edward Alderton Theatre in Bexleyheath. The four guys were well cast (at least the other review got that right). As we went into the auditorium, the disco was playing on the stage waiting for the antics to begin.
Black drapes framed a mottled floor effect, simple but very effective. The actors portrayed a whole gamut of emotions and characters and skilfully switched from character to character seemlessly. If anything they were better as the girls than the lads. The scene with the girls dancing round hand bags and ending up in tears was superb, culminating in a well paced and perfectly timed mini monologue from Paul Friett as Rosie. This was his individual highlight. Jason Down as Judd, donned a pair of glasses and became the seediest of seedy video shop owners. Combined with his gross DJ showed the diverse ability of this actor. The beauty of Bouncers is that it blends high comedy with the near tragedy, provided by Lucky Eric’s monologues, superbly delivered by Richard Banks. The pace just stunned the audience and you could hear a pin drop. The emotion this actor got from the speeches was simply chilling and so effective when minutes before we had been crying with laughter. A superb solo tour de force.
In a production full of strong performances, this actor outshone the others. Yes, perhaps it was a little self indulgent, but it was clear to see why. This was a complete success and a triumph of acting and the committee should be proud of it’s decision to include it in its season.
I would say it was a shame the show wasn’t better attended. I will certainly return to this lovely little theatre hidden in Bexleyheath.
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- : 12/09/2010