Bouncers Contextualising the Play

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Bouncers Contextualising the Play

John Godber was born the son of a miner in Upton, West Yorkshire in

1956. He became a very successful playwright with popular plays such

as ‘On the Piste’ and ‘Up n’ Under’ and TV shows like Grange Hill and

Brookside. He is known most for his comedy but he has shown in a

number of his productions that he includes seriousness alongside

comedy for optimum effect. His plays are performed all over the world

and have won many awards including five at the Edinburgh fringe

festival. However, for some, Bouncer’s is regarded as Godber’s finest

work. The inspiration of which came from a club called Kiko’s in

Pontefract- it had the added bonus of having fake palm trees on the

dance floor!

As a political play, we see Bouncers as being quite prominent in that

it was published whilst the famed ‘drinking culture’ of Britain was

being hyped up to an unprecedented level. Obviously, like nowadays,

the government wanted to stamp out what was a big problem. Godber’s

comedy in the play exposes a much more profound subject whilst also

showing the stereotypical nature of what the youth of the day did. In

the lads, the girls and the bouncers Godber tries to convey that these

characters are typical of Britain. He shows the funny side of the way

in which young people act whilst also unearthing a more sinister

subject in suggesting that drink is changing the nation. We see it in

all of the characters. For example, the lads were talking amongst

themselves very nicely before they go, however, once they leave, a

fight breaks out in the club when they have had a little too much to

drink. This is typical of the time and many people were actually

getting killed because of serious over drinking or get...

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eye. Whilst we see people like these have an effect on teens today, in

Godber’s time he would have seen the beginning of the problems

snowball throughout his life. You can only address the problem like

Godber has done and bring it further into the limelight; you can’t

stop it with one play.

For me, the play is probably even more prominent today than for any

other generation beforehand. The problem has really come to a cross

roads at which we need to deal with it properly. As Godber shows in

the play, it is not really the fact that they get so drunk and out of

control, it is the fact that they go out there for the soul reason to

get really drunk. He shows us that in order to get rid of the problem,

you need to firstly address the way in which people think of alcohol

before seeing the next generations outlook’s change.

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