Bouncers - 1990s Remix (Revised Version)


John Godber

Published by Josef Weinberger

4 Male 1 Female

Staged with extreme simplicity, the play takes place in a provincial discotheque-the Saturday night haunt of England's disaffected youth. Using the device of four tuxedoed male bouncers (who also "become" a variety of other characters) the action of the play moves from a group of predatory working-class youths, charmless and barely of drinking age, who spend their week's pocket money on cheap beer and greasy "fast food"; to their giggling female counterparts, who end up drunk and disheveled in their desperate search for a good time; and on to boisterous encounters in the men's room, and even an hilarious segment involving an imagined scene from a "blue" video

Performing at a nonstop pace, the four actors move from one irreverent bit of action-and impersonation-to another with virtuosic ease and, in the end, conjure up a telling portrait of a generation doomed to a humdrum present and a diminished future, whose "moral decay" is, perhaps, the inevitable by-product of a society that has moved from the glory days of a powerful empire to a foundering socialist state no longer able to fully accommodate the aspirations of its people

A London hit which went on to a record-breaking run in Los Angeles and a successful presentation in New York City, this fast-paced, explosively funny, and devastatingly satiric play employs brilliant theatricality to provide an incisive (and moving) portrait of contemporary England's working-class youth-a generation with "nothing to achieveno options left"

"Bouncers is one part Marx Brothers, one part Three Stooges, one part John Osborne and one part Monty Python" ~ LA Daily News

"Hip, outrageous, delirious, demented. Choose your superlatives, but don't miss this tribal rite" ~ LA Herald

"This is a courageous and vital piece of theatre" ~ LA Weekly

Browse Library

About Stageplays

Stageplays offers you the largest collection of Plays & Musicals in the world.

Based in the UK and the USA, we’ve been serving the online theatre community since the last century. We’re primarily a family-run business and several of us also work in professional theatre.

But we’re all passionate about theatre and we all work hard to share that passion with you and the world’s online community.

Subscribe to our theatre newsletter

We'll email you regular details of new plays and half-price special offers on a broad range of theatre titles.


We can deliver any play in print to any country in the world - and we ship from both the US and the UK.

© 2010 - 2023 Stageplays, Inc.