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Murder Village: An Improvised Whodunnit - Melbourne Fringe

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by Tricia Ziemer (subscribe)
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Six actors, 1 murder, then there were 5 Agatha Christie
Belgium Private Sleuth and Detective must solve your murder
Belgium Private Sleuth and Detective must solve your murder - All Photos by Tricia Ziemer


This show is murder, mystery, mayhem and outright comic brilliance, wrapped in an innovative theatre technique that takes incredibly talented actors and improvisation. This is a clever concept and has the audience and the cast in comic stitches throughout. And yes, I turn phrases oddly in my writing and so does this play in its acting as the actors develop the murder mystery basically on the run and with ad-lib.

The plot thickens whom hates whom
The plot thickens whom hates whom


The clever concept is that there is a basic plot which takes ghostly shades of Midsummer Murder, Inspector Poirot and Agatha Christie's writing style and creates a dramatic village murder. The writer/creator of this Whodunit concept has ticked all my boxes in blending murder mystery drama favourites and added comic twists for a refreshing live show.

Is the murderer clearing away evidence at Melbourne Fringe WHODUNNIT
Is the murderer clearing away evidence at Melbourne Fringe WHODUNNIT


As people arrive, everyone puts in an idea for:
Who is the murderer among the 6 actors
Who is murdered
What is the murder weapon

Characters clash as the stuttering through the bbb's
Characters clash as the stuttering through the bbb's


And then the diabolical plot unfolds around these selections from the audience. So who is murderer? No do not try to pen it on the piano player, he plays the keyboards and sets the total mood brilliantly, but no, he cannot be the murderer. There is no motive. If he kills one of the cast, he is out of a paid job. Just enjoy the dark and comic world he creates with his Machiavellian piano cords. This player would have done so well in silent films of the past with just the orchestra creating the ambience.

Three possible suspects
Three possible suspects one dead body


So we are back to the mystery of murder among the 4 main actors, one local Detective and of course, the famous Belgium sleuth and famous crime solver.

Can you take the blood and solve it with your grey cells
Can you take the blood and solve it with your grey cells


So here we are, and literally, as you enter the theatre, you put in your suggestions for these three basic concepts. Then between the time, you excitedly shuffle in and sit down and the lights go down, a complete murder mystery theatre performance is created. What is that 5 minutes? Think about it. Every single night a different person dies, murders and with a unique murder weapon someone has created with just their tiny grey cells.

I think she does protest too much
I think she does protest too much


How? Awesome innovation and incredible improvisations by these actors, and with a comic result enjoyed by all. This is a must-see, so put it on your bucket list. Kids would love it too.

Audience winner who selected the murder weapon. Can you be as clever.
Audience winner who selected the murder weapon. Can you be as clever.


Be prepared to be amazed and have a fabulous hour. This is so funny at times, that these great actors and comedians actually have each other laughing as they ad-lib to create their magic.

And it is magic. This is Melbourne Fringe at its best. If you ever played murder mystery games, you need to get along to this play and enjoy this game gone live in a more inspiring theatre setting. People actually come in costume and create even more ambience amidst the night.

Of course, this play can be enjoyed and enjoyed and enjoyed as it changes every single performance.

Campiri House Hardware Lane - no cars allowed
Campiri House Hardware Lane - no cars allowed


It is playing inside the Campri House second floor theatre. You can go early or stay late to enjoy a lovely meal in their restaurant. The parking lot is straight across the laneway from the venue. Easy after-hours parking. The laneway is closed to traffic, so you do need to enter the parking areas from the main roads. Do go upstairs to the rooftop bar a bit early and get a drink and the details of the actors. Unfortunately, this is the information that was not given to me by the staff on the ground floor. So I sat downstairs unaware that the true mingling and action was above me before the play. I had assumed it was a private party and wondered why there was no one waiting to go into the show.

A niggle of my tiny grey cells thought, it must be a flop. There is no one here. Au contraire. This is it's second sell-out season. And now I know why.

Stop for a lovely tea before or after
Stop for a lovely tea before or after


The sad news is it is on a limited showing at Campri House only until 29th of September, 2019. Cost of tickets is only $25 to $30. The great news it is will continue in a monthly billing at The Butterfly Club. Another excellent venue with easy local parking. Give your tiny grey cells a challenge for the night, get to this show. Better yet, take a wee group of friends and dress up.
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Why? You love a good old fashioned Agatha Christie Murder Mystery
When: 7:30 pm
Phone: 03 9660 9666
Where: Campri House - Roof Top and Second Floor Theatre
Cost: 25 to 30 dollars
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