Godber’s comedy was inspired by a club called Kiko's in Pontefract and years of unsuccessful disco-going in the author’s youth. Bouncers had its first performance at the Edinburgh Festival in 1977 before mounting productions in London and touring all over Europe, Australasia and the US.
In 1999, it was voted as one of top 100 plays of the 20th century in a survey conducted by the National Theatre. Its last major West End outing was at the Whitehall Theatre (now Trafalgar Studios) in 2001 in a 21st anniversary production directed by and starring Godber and transferred from his home theatre, Hull Truck, where he’s been artistic director since 1984 (See News, 11 Jan 2001).
Bouncers was the play that made John Godber's name. Since its debut, he has become one of the country's most performed playwrights. His other plays include Teechers, Office Party, April in Paris, Perfect Pitch, Unleashed and Up 'n' Under.
In Bouncers , four actors invoke a cast of 40 as the weekend comes alive. The smooth-talking DJ, the lager-swilling lads looking to pull, and the lipstick-lacquered girls dancing round their handbags. Outside in the freezing cold skulk the ever-watchful Lucky Eric, Judd, Les and Ralph. The new production stars Luke Stevenson, David Bauckham, Simon Higgins and Antony Law, who also directs.