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Theatre Review: Who Shot Wayne Sleep @ Vault Festival


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At this time of year, The Vaults at Waterloo becomes home to Vault Festival. A place for new writing to be shown from the bonkers, brilliant, scary and hilarious. One such production is Who Shot Wayne Sleep?, brought to us by the trio known as The Martini Encounter.

A cabaret act with a twist, Who Shot Wayne Sleep? is a show packed with wit, insanity, naughtiness and a dash of sparkle. 

We follow Binkie, Maud and Colin as they embark on their new act, having each spent time at a rehabilitation centre for the criminally deluded. 

Though simplistic in its production, The MartiniEncounter as a trio are super slick; wonderful musicians and excellent vocalists (even if they do take the piss out of one another). Mark Slaughter who plays Binkie becomes the audience's best friend. He is completely hilarious. Not one ounce of the brilliant writing is lost - each joke is wonderfully timed with all the sass and vivacity he can muster. 

Rebecca Clowwho plays Maud and matches him brilliantly. Her over the top operatic loony is funny, slightly chaotic and though a large characterisation, it's a character we'd all recognise.

For an evening of the wacky and wonderful Who Shot Wayne Sleep? is a delight. Opening with their own personal rendition of Cell Block Tango and treating us to many other reworked hits along the way, it's a cabaret act to remember. 

A slick trio whom I hope will be prospering in bigger venues. The Martini Encounter offers good theatre but an even better night out. 

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