Technically gifted with their compulsory security training badges stuck firmly on their arms and wired up with digital headsets linked back to ‘control’, the 21st century Door Supervisors face the nightly tension of what they’ve been trained to do – customer service – and what their common sense is telling them to do – sort it out quickly.
Bouncers enjoyed a two week run in May this year, which was a complete sell out and picked up four and five star reviews leading to queues of people at the box office for returns! As the show was such a huge success the Royal Court made room in their autumn schedule to bring it into the main house!
This time, John Godber’s classic comedy, Bouncers has been reworked by the brand new theatre company, Boisterous, which is dedicated to producing, developing and nurturing existing and new talent from Liverpool’s BAME communities. Boisterous is run by Miriam Mussa and Maurice Bessman under the umbrella of Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre.
The Royal Court has been able to support Boisterous since being awarded National Portfolio Organisation status by Arts Council England in 2018. Boisterous aims to fill a large gap in the market for theatrical provision from diverse communities in Liverpool. It will help to encourage more diverse audiences to attend the Royal Court and create a city centre venue which welcomes the whole community.
The cast is confirmed as Joe Speare and Zain Salim from the original run being joined by Michael Horsley and Mutty Burman. Well known Liverpool club DJ Spycatcha makes a guest appearance in the show. With a cast who can move to the pulsating, up to the minute soundtrack and sing pitch perfect vocals to contemporary tunes, Bouncers: Urban Remix thrusts us full on into a night out with all the fun and laughter, tears and tension of people trying to enjoy themselves as they go “out out” into the city hoping for fun, love or simply to lose themselves on their once a week, full on free for all.
Miriam Mussa, Producer and Director of ‘Bouncers’, knows that this is an important first step for the company, she said: “The show was a huge hit in the Studio and we can’t wait to take it onto the main stage. We want Boisterous to provide an ambitious platform and progressive route for actors, writers, directors and producers from the BAME community.
“It is something that I have been passionate about for a long while and we hope to create something special with the support of the Royal Court. It is an opportunity to widen representation across the cultural sector by creating employment, mentoring and training opportunities within the arts.”
Kevin Fearon, Executive Producer at Liverpool’s Royal Court said: “We are incredibly excited to see Boisterous taking the step from the Studio to the main house. The show brought in a mix of our traditional audience and a new audience when it was downstairs and we want to see that continued in this new run.
“We have made more than half of the tickets £10 to encourage new people to come along and also to reward our loyal Royal Court audience.”
The show contains some strong language and the recommended age limit is 16+. Bouncers will run at Liverpool’s Royal Court from 31 August to 15 September. Tickets start at £10 and are available from the Royal Court Box Office, www.royalcourtliverpool.com or on 0151 709 4321
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