When you take on a role in Bouncers, one of John Godber’s most famous plays, you have to be prepared to immerse yourself in many different characters.
Just like the much-loved Teechers, Bouncers has a small cast with each taking on more than one persona.
Starting with Lucky Eric, Judd, Les and Ralp – Rob Hudson, Adrian Hood, Dave Mccreedy and Chris Hannon also portray a variety of drunken men and women as they tell the story of a typical night at their 1980s Yorkshire disco.
So you can’t get away with anyone who’s below par – which is exactly what made this production such a treat, each actor was as talented and amiable as the next.
Just when you thought Robert Hudson was getting serious as Lucky Eric, the tide would turn on a hilarious joke – much to the delight of the group of women sat behind me. Adrian Hood’s hapless Judd was entertaining enough, but he really shone while portraying his dumpy girl on a night out.
Dave Maccreedy was best as his lad on the town, and Chris Hannon – a familiar face now with Wakefield audiences after his long-running stint as pantomime dame – had everyone in stitches, whether it was as his particular gal, Ralph the bouncers or the Smashy and Nicey-esque club DJ.
There’s still chance to catch Bouncers, as it runs until Saturday February 1, but be sure to grab them quick. Call the box office on 01924 211311 or visit www.theatreroyalwakefield.co.uk.