YES, the boys and girls are back in town next month… 16 years after their last visit.
Holmfirth Turn Again Theatre will stage the remix of John Godber’s brilliant worldwide multi-award winning comedies Bouncers and Shakers at the Civic Hall from Wednesday May 19 to Saturday May 22 (start 8pm).
Director Beryl Dunnill is the only link with the 1994 show, one of the company’s biggest successes. She has again adapted the two plays, brought up-to-date by Godber himself, to make one fast-paced, hilarious production, packed with laughter and great music.
Both shows have a cast of just four actors … and three of them were members of the cast of the record-breaking Fawlty Towers – also directed by Beryl.
The Bouncers are Neil Stacey, who played Basil Fawlty, Richard Skelton, who played Manuel, Allan Sykes, whose performance in Stephen King’s Misery last year won great acclaim, and newcomer Robert Knight, who impressed in January’s pantomime Aladdin and His Magic Lamp.
It is an outrageous parody of the disco scene. The four brutish bouncers of the title portray many different characters as the audience is invited for a night out on the town.
They appear as lads on the make and giggly girls preparing for the big night out and eventually make it onto the disco floor. The audience also meets an entire cross-section of disco-goers, including Hooray Henrys, pogoing punks and drunken slobs!
The evening’s events are set against the tatty glitzy glamour, flashing lights and pulsating beat of the night-club.
Bouncers was a worldwide hit in the 1980s. It was nominated for Comedy of the Year in 1985 and won seven Los Angeles Critics’ Circle Awards and five awards in Chicago in 1987.
The Shakers’ girls are Loretta Skelton, who played Sybil in Fawlty Towers, singing star Rebecca Parr, who has taken several leading roles with the group, and two more newcomers, Lily Beardsell and Zoe Scott, who made notable debuts in the pantomime.
Shakers Cocktail Bar is THE place to be! After work, before a club, to meet the blokes, to pick up the girls, to drink to celebrate or drown your sorrows, for birthdays and parties and romance and sin, this is the place to be seen.
And in Shakers the four young waitresses reveal the lives of its staff and customers and offer an insight into their hopes, dreams and disappointments.
Rushed off their feet, underpaid and overworked, they try to smile and help the difficult customers while coping with their own personal problems. A fascinating and often hilarious view of the reality which lurks behind the plastic palms and the pina coladas.
Beryl says: “The rehearsals are going superbly well and the cast are extremely enthusiastic… and still laughing, which is a very good sign. It will be well worth switching off the television. But we do stress it is for adults only.”
Tickets, £6 and £4, are on sale now at Holmfirth Information Office, Huddersfield Road. Tel: 01484-222444.