The Art of Stage Craft.

A complete guide on how to become, develop and exist as a stage performer.

With over 30 years experience as a performer, booker, manager and comedy speciality artist. I cover every aspect of stage performance from building a stage act, engaging the audience, stage presence, emotional engagement, how to get big laughs, choosing the right stooge, what the performer sees, stage props, selling a show at the Edinburgh Fringe, how to become a headline entertainer on a cruise ship, how to find agents/management representation, how to market your act, well being, grow your own act. Interspersed with life on the road as a performer, Wayne details his fair share of mishaps, accidents and heart break. Found to my cost that what can go wrong, more often than not, will go wrong without careful practice – including a pyrotechnic explosion backstage that has left me 85% deaf in my left ear, complete with 24/7 tinnitus. I’ve had my major fall outs with show biz agents, one who used my cabaret fee to attend his brother’s stag do in Spain. Another who even tried to claim his 15% commission from a compensation payment I received through the courts! Lost thousands of pounds on staging my own one man show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Beat myself up, more times than I can remember, on the way home from a show where my act had died a thousand deaths that evening. I almost paid the ultimate sacrifice for my “art” as I suffered a heart attack whilst getting ready to perform my show on board a Royal Caribbean cruise liner off the coast of Dubai. There truly is no business, like show business.

El Loco

For a 25 year period, Wayne slater was regarded by his peers as the most unique comedy speciality act of his generation.

“The most inventive and hilarious comedy idea I’ve seen this year”

Mark Ritchie. The Stage newspaper 1999.

El-loco performed well over 4,000 shows in over 20 different countries throughout the world. Award winner at the 2005 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Winner of the UK Carnival Comedy Challenge in 2007 by USA shipping giant Carnival Cruises.

“Imagine Tommy Cooper as your dentist, except he doesn’t speak”

Leighton Bruce, Edinburgh Festival Guide 2005.

Wayne produced three El loco shows, “The Dentist Chair” “Beastro” and “Radio Grand Cafe”. Each show combined the arts of comedy, mime and magic, set around an oversized radio that played over 250 snippets of music, voice over’s and sound effects from the past 100 years. El-loco interacted with every single one of them without speaking.

“Warranted a season at the London Palladium”

Peter Hepple, The Stage newspaper 2006.

During lockdown in 2020 Wayne retired from performing having suffered his fourth heart attack. After a short rehabilitation, Wayne set about writing his first book “The Art of Stage Craft” a complete guide to stage performance. His first novel “Into the Wolf’s Mouth” is being followed up by it’s sequel, “Thirteen Way’s to Kill a Magician”.

“Truly original and completely clean, perfect for our evening entertainment corporate event.”

Smith Medical Sales & Marketing Director. 2012