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Murder Village - An Improvised Whodunnit - Melbourne Fringe Festival

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Who put blood sausage in the tea?
If you like Miss Marples, Agatha Christie, Midsomer Murders or Poirot, then turn off the television and head to Arts House North Melbourne for 'Murder Village', a live improvised whodunnit on now at the Melbourne Fringe Festival. Book your tickets here.

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Official flyer - designed by Lliam Amor, photo by Mark Gambino

With one murder committed each night, this tiny village of only 25 people is rapidly decreasing and gossip and intrigue is at an all-time high. Never fear Miss Marmalade (Amberly Cull) and (David Massingham) are on the case to solve the unsolvable, sorting through sausages and broken plates, separating fact from fiction, fleeting romance from a killer crush and status envy at the Village Fair.

Presented by current improvisers from the Big Hoo-Haa! and Impro Melbourne Murder Village presents a different mystery each night to solve, with new characters, new clues and a live soundtrack to match (Jaron Why).

Will any residents of Murder Village survive Melbourne Fringe Festival?

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Murder Village - photo by Mark Gambino

In Friday night's show Sally Forth (Louisa Fitzhardinge), a local jam maker, reveals her secret crush for Henry Stuffins (Jason Geary), whilst drinking whiskey with Dr Nelson in his medical suite. Sally heads to the butcher shop to declare her feelings for Stuffins and together they seal their love over a cup of blood sausage tea. This situation gets sticky when Doctor Nelson Hawthorn reveals his undying crush for Sally Forth and sorts a second opinion from local social committee chairwoman and avid Royal Doulton plate collector Theophania Dalrymple (Sophie Kneebone). Her disgust for the meaty stench of Stuffins butcher shop is well known. But is this enough to drive Mrs Dalrymple to commit revenge?

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Miss Marmalade andDetective Inspector Owen Gullet - photo by Mark Gambino

Dr Nelson meets with Mrs Dalrymple to discuss their joint hate for Stuffins. Is Doctor Nelson's alcoholism a worthy alibi for committing a crime of passion?

In between selling jam conserves and bacon slippers Sally and Stuffins decide to have a 'Fete Date', which leads to the 'fate' of Stuffins at the hand of British collectables.

This improvised performance is riddled with puns about meat and pork, laden with characters with maniacal thoughts, repressed urges, splinters, and a reference to tweezers in every scene. This is not comedy dressed up as a lamb but a pig on the spit ready for the charcoal as Miss Marmalade sorts through the mess, declares 'alcohol is the fuel of the devil', and determines Mrs Dalrymple has 'lost the plot' and killed Stuffins with her Queen Elizabeth collection plates. Her obsession becomes her weapon and Sally Forth is left desperate and dateless until the next show.

Will Dr Nelson pursue his love for Sally Forth?

Will Mrs Dalrymple survive the next episode of Murder Village?

This show will tickle your funny bones especially if you love British accents, pomp and puns. But be quick - see 'Murder Village' before it disappears forever at the Melbourne Fringe Festival.
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Why? You love a good murder mystery
When: Wed-Sat 6.30 pm, Sun 5.30 pm
Phone: 03 9660 9600
Where: Arts House, 521 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne, Vic, 3051
Cost: $20.00 - $24.00
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