Writer & Performer: Luke Martin
Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts
Luke Martin wants to tell you the story of his life. Chronicling right from the very beginning with his conception, through his childhood moving around Europe with his parents, to his university career and the moment that changed everything.
Just before Martin was due to start his training with the Navy he founds out he’d got pancreatitis, and his whole life changed. The show itself is named after Lazarus, Jesus’s greatest miracle. Bringing a man back from the dead. Which is both a literal and figurative analogy for what happened to Martin post diagnosis. Forced to let his previous idea if himself die and strive to find a new path.
The show, although billed as one hour long, comes in at just under 30 minutes. Not the slickest of performances, tangents are made and quickly abandoned, anecdotes lack resolve and often go seemingly forgotten half way through.
Regardless it is still a promising start. Martin is a charming performer that endears his audience to him from the moment he steps on stage. Eager and excitable he is infectiously cheeky.
An exciting debut, Lazarus is anecdotal humour at its warmest and with a bit if fine tuning has the potential to be something really special. With a percentage of the profits going to the charity War Child, it is easy to see that Lazarus is aiming to be something more than your average comedy show. It is a show with a message and the message is: don’t wait, do whatever it is you want to do now.
Runs until 13 May 2017 at The Warren
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