The play opens with a monologue by Eric, the main character. It is one of the few monologues in the play. He sets the scene within the brief description of the nightlife he tells of. One of the first uses of language structure used by Gober is the Bouncers rap. By using a narrative as well as a song he has captured the audience’s initial attention. It is an interesting change from the first monologue which some in the audience may find boring Flash backs are used constantly through the play.
They give a further insight into the bouncer’s everyday lives and give rise to many pivotal moments. Godber uses flashbacks continuously through out the play. One of the first examples of this is when the bouncers start discussing the event of when the collage boys came to the club. Godber manages to show us two scene’s at once by placing a scene within a scene. He tells the story of the collage boys and shows certain scenes from the story. He however does this through narration from the bouncers. By doing this the flow and tempo are unaffected in this vital part of the play.
Movement in the piece is used deliberately through out most of the play. The majority of the movement has no underlying meaning or themes. However mellow dramatic movements were used to express a particular scene. In one scene Rosie see’s her boyfriend “kissing another”. Godber explains the events in a tragic way through small soliloquies spoken by Rosie and her friends in tableau. The mellow dramatic movement employed while delivering these lines adds drama, comedy and brings awareness to the pathetic state the girls are in.
Without this movement a crucial view of the play would not be conveyed to the audience. Chorus is again rarely used through the play. When applied it is used for rowdy or raucous scenes signifying pub scenes or groups of young lads. By speaking in chorus power can be attained which can not be shown through one persons voice. It also brings change in volume and delivery compared to the majority of the play. One use of chorus Godber employs through-out the play is whenever the ‘lads’ take a drink. After each drink the whole cast cries “Fourteen!
” (the number is according to how many drinks they have taken). Another use of chorus that Godber utilizes is chanting of football supporters. Four of the bouncers break character to shout “United”. This refers to one of the football teams they support. This calling in unison can show the audience unity within the group portraying the strong bonds between the groups of characters. There is no real use of tableau apart from the one mentioned above. The same applies for naturalistic device and cross-cutting.
The structure of the play ensures the play flows continuously. In the first scene Godber shows the girls at the hairdressers. This scene is followed by the boys at the hairdressers. Godber joins the scenes making the transition between the two almost unnoticeable. The only thing that signifies the change is the whole cast shouting “barbers” in chorus. The episodes of the play are introduced by a monologue. Most of these are said by the DJ. This gives a regular structure to the play informing the audience in change in of time and scene.
Another technique Godber uses is repetition of the rap used in the beginning of the play. By ending the play with the same rap Godber shows that what the bouncers experience is part of a cycle which they go through everyday. In conclusion the structure of the play is crucial. Without it many key points and moments would not be highlighted in the play and many of Godbers views could not be portrayed. The form gives shape to the play, central to the audience’s enjoyment. Without form and structure the play would have a very different effect.