Part Agatha Christie mystery, part wacky game of Cluedo, Murder She Didn’t write is full of surprises for both audience and cast members. The detective and narrator introduces us to the show, and pieces together the main details of the murder from audience suggestions. The completely improvised performance then bursts into activity.

The show earlier in the day contains one murder, whereas the late night one is a mass murder. This is understandably more challenging, but even when it seems the pressure to invent and maintain the dialogue is getting too much, the characters pull the show back on track. The often outlandish on the spot plot points add to the humour of the performance, and there are no shortage of smooth witticisms to draw the story together either.

This is a smart and hilarious piece of improv, and one most definitely worth seeing more than once.

Words: Ursula Fleming

Murder She Didn’t Write, C Venues, Aug 23-29, times vary

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