Bouncers and Shakers

by John Godber
and Jane Thornton

where and when | cast | team


It's time to let your 80s hair down and get ready for a big night out, with not one, but two Godber classics.

Start the evening in the disco, where Ralph, Judd, Les and Lucky Eric, your friendly local Bouncers, will take you on a journey through the lives of the many and varied customers who enter through their well-managed doors.

After a brief interval, join waitresses, Nicki, Mel, Carol and Adele in oh-so trendy cocktail bar Shakers, and observe their portrayal of the people whose patronage both pays their bills and gives them aggro.

Written in the 1980s, and retaining all the 'charm' of that era, yet still every bit as relevant and relatable today, we present a back-to-back showing of John Godber and Jane Thornton's Bouncers and Shakers. At rip-roaring speed, over two one-act plays, our eight actors employ physical and vocal humour to play multiple roles, giving you a glimpse into the lives of dozens of different characters. Wince at some, cringe at others, but above-all, laugh with our Bouncers and Shakers.

at the Welsh Church Hall
881 High Road Leytonstone
E11 1HR

Journey Planner
In advance £8 (£5 concessions)
On the door £9 (£6 concessions)
Special rate for parties*

Fri 7th September 2018, 8pm
Sat 8th September 2018, 2.30pm and 8pm

Fri 14th September 2018, 8pm
Sat 15th September 2018, 2.30pm* and 8pm

*The 2.30pm performance on 15th September will be BSL signed.

*Buy nine tickets, get a tenth full price ticket free. Only available with online bookings. Pay for the full number of tickets online: we will reimburse you the cost of your free ticket(s) at the door

Lucky Eric
Director (Bouncers) Neil Bird
Director (Shakers) Anna Treadway
Stage Manager
Front of House Managers

Please note that auditions are held separately for each play

Open auditions for Bouncers will be held on the following dates:
Friday 25th May, 7.30pm
Tuesday 5th June, 7.30pm

Open auditions for Shakers will be held on the following dates:
Tuesday 22nd May at 7.30pm
Saturday 26th May at 2pm

All auditions will be held at the Welsh Church Hall

Character notes for Bouncers can be downloaded here

Audition pieces for Bouncers:
All bouncers #1:
p23, p24 and p25
Lucky Eric:
p25 and p26
All bouncers #2:
p28 and p29

Character notes for Shakers can be downloaded here

Audition pieces for Shakers:

If you have any questions or are unable to make these audition dates please contact the appropriate director via the links on this page.

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