Modern classic that keeps bouncing back

Local production of Bouncers - coming to Square Chapel, July 26
Local production of Bouncers - coming to Square Chapel, July 26
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It’s a play that keeps bouncing back - and no wonder because John Godber’s comedy about nightclub doormen has become a modern classic.

This time it’s the turn of Leeds company Spud Theatre to bring ‘Bouncers’ to the stage at Square Chapel arts centre in Halifax - and for actor Shane Gough it’s a return to a play he loves.

Shane, who is familiar to Halifax audiences for his appearances with Mike Ward’s theatre group Actors’ Workshop, plays Ralph in the production which visits Square Chapel on Friday, July 26 at 7.30pm.

Also in the play are Ed Corbett as Judd, Simon Twine as Lucky Eric and Rob Green, who has also appeared at Actors’ Workshop, as Les.

The play has been performed twice this summer at Seven Arts in Chapel Allerton and will play at the Camden Fringe Festival in London in August.

Shane said: “John Godber’s ‘Bouncers’ is a remarkable piece of theatre that will entertain even the non-theatregoer.

“John Godber always said that it was a play that could be adapted to keep up with the times, with new catch phrases or up-to-date songs - and that’s something we have done. We even perform a routine to a Beyonce Knowles song - which should go down well with the audience.

“I think ‘Bouncers’ holds up a mirror to life and it certainly comments on modern society. It’s great fun to act in it - even though I’ve done it twice before.”

The play has been adapted by Laurie Toczek with choreography by Janice Keith.

‘Bouncers’ was written in 1977 and its first professional production was in 1983. It remains John Godber’s most popular play and has been performed around the world. Professional actors who have played the world-weary doormen include Mark Addy, John McArdle, Adrian Hood and Iain Rogerson.

The original inspiration for ‘Bouncers’ is thought to have been Kikko’s nightclub in Pontefract.

Tickets are £11/£9 from the box office on 01422 349422.