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From Eastenders bad boys to girls on the pull. London Calling talks to Ace Bhatti and Don Gilet

8 October 2012 Tom Butler

I also play Susie, she’s knows as “Sexy Susie.” She’s 18, likes to get drunk and pick up fellas.

Best know for playing a pair of Eastenders bad boys, Ace Bhatti and Don Gilet took a time out from rehearsals to catch up with London Calling about ‘Bouncers’ ahead of it playing at Wycombe Swan next week.

Written and directed by renowned playwright John Godber, Bouncers is one of his earliest plays and a comedy about four bouncers at a night club with the cast playing over twenty characters between them.

LC: Can you tell us a bit about who you play?

DG: I play Les, who’s one of the bouncers. He’s a former boxer. He’s a joker and he can be charming but he can turn on a coin and turn nasty. I also play Rosie (yes, really!). Rosie’s dippy but nice. She’s described as tall & slim which is a challenge as I’m only 5’8’.

AB: I play Ralph, another bouncer. He’s a martial arts expert in taekwondo. He’s the philosopher of the group, he believes I good karma but he’s a bouncer so sometimes karma isn’t enough. I also play Susie, she’s knows as “Sexy Susie.” She’s 18, likes to get drunk and pick up fellas. It’s great fun playing her, men rarely get the chance to play women and she’s a fun character so I really let go and enjoy it.

LC: So there must be some interesting costumes then!?

DG: No, no, we wear our bouncers suits throughout – it’s all in the acting! You just sort of wiggle your hips!

LC: John Godber is well known for his observational comedies, is it in that mould?

DG: There are serious parts to it – any of the audience who go clubbing, or remember their clubbing days, may feel that we’re putting a mirror up to them – but it’s also very funny

LC: When was the last time you went clubbing yourselves?

AB: Just a few months ago – it was great! I got asked for my ID which was really bizarre…maybe they were joking!

DG: I used to go out a lot with a bunch of mates but now I have a young son so I’ve got to wait until he grows up before I get my evenings back.

LC: With you both being well known as villains in Eastenders has that changed the way people see you?

AB: Yusef was a real smoothie and I’m so not that!

DG: When people meet me they realise I have a sense of humour – I’m not mean and moody like Lucas.

 

Bouncers is showing at Wycombe Swan from Tuesday 16th October to Saturday 20th October. For discounted tickets please click here.

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