Who Shot Wayne Sleep? Review

The Martini Encounter -  JANUARY 2017I went to see The Martini Encounter present WHO SHOT WAYNE SLEEP? On Wednesday night and was promised a cacophony of song, ukuleles, spoon-playing and gin. I can say they did deliver on this account.

After a clever parody of Chicago’s ‘They Had It Coming’, Binkie, Maud and Colin went on to provide an eclectic mix of entertainment and disappointment during their performance.

There were a large number of laughs from the audience as Binkie, Maud and Colin celebrated their careers and their ‘release’ from a rehabilitation unit. However, a lot of the jokes did full slightly flat and were repetitive. One character was described as ‘full of gin and full of regret’ which was slightly ironic as one particular audience member looked like she wished she was ‘full of gin’ and not just ‘full of regret’ for attending the show. The Martini Counter have had a successful career appearing at the Edinburgh Fringe, Glastonbury and Latitude Festivals, Leicester Square Theatre, Pleasance and Bloomsbury Theatres and on UK tour. Given this they must be doing something right and I did enjoy the melody of songs they performed. From Lilly Allen’s F**k You to the classic Holding Out For A Hero, the songs were catchy and the audience (myself included) appeared motivated to sing along.

Who Shot Wayne Sleep? Is performing at the The Jazz Bar, THE VAULTS, Leake Street, Waterloo, London, SE1 7NN until the 26th of February at 6pm. Tickets are £12 and can be purchased at the boxoffice@vaultfestival.com or at the venue.

Reporter: Tegan LeBon

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