1. Your motive to attend: it’s Agatha Christie, improvised.
Enter Murder Village, set against a 1950s English backbrop, and populated by retired colonels, tea shoppe owners and vicars. There’s been a ghastly murder, and now there’s a mystery puzzle to solve – along with a cunning little old lady on hand to solve it. Expect red herrings, suspicious alibis and the occasional locked room mystery.
The catch? The performers are all making up the mystery on the spot.
2. The crime scene is populated by some of the best – and funniest – improvisers in Melbourne.
Between the clues and the bodies is a heck of a lot of laughs. The cast features a cast from Melbourne impro favourites The Big HOO-HAA!, Impromptunes and Impro Melbourne, many of whom are coming off the back of successful Melbourne Comedy Festival seasons.
3. Witness the first Melbourne run of a show that wowed Brisbane audiences.
Murder Village first hit the stage in 2016 with a sold out season that had to have more shows added. The Creative Issue said it was, “Uproarious”, and that, “Trying to suss out the culprit provides never-ending fun”, while Scenestr called it, “A hilarious piece of theatre… we shouldn’t be enjoying murder so much”.
4. Suspect everyone as your votes select the victim and the murderer – but you still get to play the guessing game.
A secret ballot gives you your say in the story while preserving the mystery. Who wants to see a whodunnit when you already know the ‘who’? The cast will tally up your votes in secret so you’ll be guessing as long as the little old lady trying to solve the crime is.
5. Let’s face facts, no one writes them like Agatha Christie anymore.
So why try? Murder Village throws away the typewriter and uses your suggestions for telltale clues and nefarious murder weapons that will inform the twisting mystery plot. The closest thing to a writer in this show is you.
Murder Village is on at Fringe Hub: Arts House – Studio 1 from September 14 to 21