Bouncers by John Godber
Shakers by John Godber and Jane Thornton
The Arts Centre, Devizes Road
17, 18, 19 February 2000, 7.30pm
£5 (£3 concessions).
Box Office: 01793 614837
(Bouncers and Shakers were also OTTC's entries
in the National One Act Play Festival 2000)
This outrageous and hilarious double bill parodies the contemporary
disco and cocktail bar lifestyle that we all know so well.
Four brutish bouncers portray over 20 different characters during
a typical night out on the town, whilst another quartet of long-suffering
waitresses offer a wickedly funny glimpse of the reality that lurks
behind the plastic palms and Pina Coladas of the Cocktail Bar.
OTTC rises to the challenge laid down by giggly girls, lads on
the make and Hooray Henrys all to the pulsating beat of the disco
dance floor and the oh-so trendy cocktail bar.
Old Town Theatre Company takes on challenge of two plays parodying
the world of disco
Tearing away club veneer
Nightlife in bars and discos - a well known world to most people
- is the setting for two contemporary plays by John Godber.
The OTTC (Old Town Theatre Company) is strutting its stuff this
week at Swindon Arts Centre from Thursday to Friday at 7.30pm with
Bouncers and Shakers.
Bouncers is set around a group of four bouncers at a nightclub.
The play strips away the bow tie and dinner jacket to see the real
face behind, from the point of view of both staff and punters.
Julian Smith, who has been with the company since 1996, stars as
"Bouncers is a comedy with dramatic elements and certain pathos,
like a caricature of a clown with a sad face behind the mask," Julian
Nancy A Hollenbaugh is directing OTTC for the first time in both
plays. She studied at Hull University, where John Godber lives,
and saw the debut of Shaker.
"I feel that the audience will be able to recognise certain aspects
of themselves in the plays, there are some lines and situations
that, in both plays, are recognisable in everyday life," she said.
OTTC is sponsored by Burmah Castrol and was set up in 1992.
One of the new kids on the block with OTTC is Sarah Gillett from
Cirencester. She is Nicky in Shakers, a cocktail waitress who is
also an aspiring actress.
"The hardest part for me has been trying to act like a man which
I have to do at one point, especially the body language."
Tickets are £5 from the centre, Devizes Road, Old Town, Swindon,
or ring 614837.
Flicky Harrison - The Evening Advertiser