Preview by Jack Foley
GEOFF Hanson and Nigel Bluewater (proprietors of the World of
Wine, Chelsea) have invited theatre-goers to a wine tasting master
class in the company of two of the country's leading experts:
Using the mantra of wine tasters everywhere, 'Swirl, Sniff, Slurp
and Spit', Geoff and Nigel will be your fearless guides as you
take a sensory tour through the wide world of wine.
By the end of the evening, Geoff and Nigel promise to have prised
the £4.99 bottle of Australian Chardonnay from your grasp
forever; replacing it with something much more expensive instead.
The Wine Tasters is a new show from the Observer Award-winning
It is described as a darkly comic slapstick journey through
the lives of two broken men and the wines they love. And it will
be playing at The Latchmere Theatre, from January 16 to 17, before
moving to The Pleasance, on January 23, 24, 30 and 31.
Audiences will be able to learn whether they should spit or swallow
and watch in awe, as the secrets of wine are laid bare!
For the past three months, The Black Sheep have been on an intensive
wine-tasting course in London's West End.
This has given them a genuine knowledge and passion for the subject
they are seeking to parody. The Wine Tasters will be both
informative and accurate as a wine tasting evening, and hysterical
and explosive as a comedy event.
"We wanted to create comic characters that knew what they
were talking about," says Ciaran Murtagh, co-writer.
"Normally, most comic characters profess to be experts in
something and then proceed to be very bad at it and that's where
the comedy lies.
"With The Wine Tasters it's different, they are actually
very good at the wine tasting, they just can't work with each
other or their uneducated, Stella swigging audience and that's
where their comedy comes from."
The Wine Tasters began life at the Edinburgh Festival as a 10-minute
routine, before it was developed at Sketch Club Downstairs, at
the Kings Head, before going on to compere Comedy A Jo Jo's in
Soho, rocking The Establishment at the Edinburgh Fringe and getting
through to the final stages of The Amused Moose new talent competition.
This will be the first opportunity to see this fantastic new
double act in a full show before they hit the Edinburgh Fringe
The Wine Tasters, at The Latchmere Theatre on January 16 &
17 (7.30pm/tickets £5); and The Pleasance on January 23,
24, 30 & 31 (7.45pm/tickets £5). Price of ticket includes
a complimentary glass of wine.