Horror, hilarity and stunning vocal tricks have hit London’s West End just in time for October, as Lachlan Werner, the puppet prince of comedy, comes to the Soho Theatre. Brighton Fringe ReviewsHub Award winner, the rising LGBTQ star’s one-man show, Voices Of Evil is an hour of ventriloquism like you’ve never seen it before. Expect ‘The Muppets’ to meet ‘The Exorcist’…
Lachlan Werner – “incredibly versatile” (Everyday Mag) ventriloquist and physical comedian – presents a cheerful and eerie subversion of the horror genre and traditional ventriloquist acts. In one of comedy’s most recent feats, this bizarre child – straight from the imagination of Angela Carter – juggles innovative voice tricks, clowning around and deconstructive ventriloquism to play three characters simultaneously.
Voices Of Evil is a cartoon hour where we meet Brew (a self-absorbed, squishy little witch puppet) and her friend, Lachy (a “poof”, seemingly virgin and for some reason dressed as an altar boy). Together they invite you to their occult ritual. But when Brew’s gadgets unleash a sinister entity with a thirst for destruction, innocent Lachy will never be the same. The show thrilled UK audiences and made big bloody splashes with a sold-out run at Pleasance, London, last Halloween and winning 2 awards, 2 nominations and a string of 5-star reviews at the Brighton Fringe 2022, as well as a Soho Theater debut as part of the London Clown Festival in July.
Lachlan says he did the show because “everyone thinks ventriloquists are scary anyway, someone might as well make a horror show out of it”. He says he’s not too scared though – “that’s really silly. skinny boy doing all the vocals.”
But as dumb as it sounds, Lachlan “can’t wait to do it again. It’s like punk is playing with ventriloquism and physical comedy in a way that feels really new. Plus, I’m almost naked for, like, half the show. If that doesn’t get you there, I don’t know what will.
I’m so excited to bring this show to Soho – something I’ve been dreaming about for a while – it’s a hub for so many of my favorite idiots.”
Lachlan Werner is a rising talent trained by Gaulier, born in the Midlands on the British comedy circuit, who has performed as a ventriloquist since the age of 10. He was a finalist for LGBTQ+ New Comedian of the Year 2022. His new show is directed by Laurie Luxe and Sara Segovia.
He is a founding member of the Pointy Finger Society.