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REVIEW: Bouncers at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

Maybe the life of a nightclub bouncer is not all it is cracked up to be but this highly acclaimed and updated show proves to be an eye opener.

You will certainly be delving into the seedier side of that life with plenty of ‘toilet humour’ thrown in.

The play is about four guys who are bouncers but are as different to one another as chalk and cheese.

Bouncers. Picture: Ant Robling.
Bouncers. Picture: Ant Robling.

The actors also become female punters with a script which little left to the imagine.

Their portrayal of a group lager swilling louts whose scoring is linked more to the numbers of drinks they down rather than liaisons with members of the opposite sex is so funny.

However, it also paints a picture of reality and sadness brought home by the character of Lucky Eric (Frazer Hammill).

He gives four ‘speeches ‘highlighting the desperation which male and females may find themselves in when at a nightclub.

Duncan Riches as Les is as funny whether playing a woman or man.

Being a real smoothy was Lamin Touray as Ralph/Sexy Sue. Peter McMillan as Judd seemed to enjoy winding the others up.

Bouncers is a fast moving show that gives a raw and a cynical approach to nightclub life.

It also took account and respect for diversity within the community which was a pertinent update.

Really there was nothing more to shock or surprise but then you realise you are laughing at things you would not normally do.

It runs today (February 26) and tomorrow (February 27).

Visit https://www.theatreroyal.org/shows/bouncers-2

Review by Robert Wright.

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