Chelmsford Theatre Workshop at the Old Court
Fun. Some Nights. Pink. Raise Your Glass. A fresh new look for Shakers in Joe Kennedy's production, with dance routines to set the mood and the ambience, all devised by the girls - Catherine Hitchins, Gemma Robinson, Helen Quigley and Caroline Wright.
Like the better known [and, frankly, better] Bouncers, Godber's 1985 piece has its four actors play not only the jaded waitresses in the glitzy cocktail bar, but also their lairy customers – lads on the pull, telly folk, couples dining, shopgirls celebrating a birthday. As well as the bar, the dance floor and the kitchens, we peek into the changing rooms at River Island, and eavesdrop on a fraught auditions. And, in soberer moments, soliloquies sharing the secret thoughts of the Shakers girls.
Laura Bennett was there for the Chelmsford Weekly News: