Funny At The Fringe – INTERVIEW – CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation
It is festival season and that means that in the next month there is so many great comedy festivals to look forward to! This month we are talking to acts performing at an array of festivals to find out more about their sets and what they have planned for their shows. Today we look at an improv troupe that on the hunt for a murderer – Crime Scene Improvisation have been going to the Fringe for a while now and this year they are returning with their very popular show! I caught up with Alexandria to find out what they have in store.
Name Of Show: CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation
Date: August 1st-26th
Location: Underbelly, Bristo Square – Ermintrude (Venue 302)
Hello Alexandria! Tell us about Crime Scene Improvestigation?
We’re an improvised murder mystery show; the audience provides the victim’s name, their profession and how they were killed. From there the cast improvise a comedy play set during the aftermath and investigation. With the help of the detective, the audience gets to grill the suspects in a police line-up before identifying the murderer.
How did you come up with the name of your show that your taking to the Fringe?
Well this is our third year at the Fringe so we’ve been running for a while. When we started out we toyed with a few ideas but settled on a Crime Scene Improvisation. It’s obviously a twist on the detective role of Crime Scene Investigator and just to be clear it has no relation to the American crime drama!
Tell us a little bit about your style of improv?
Hilarious is our style. It’s long form improv; we build scenes with characters that we keep throughout the show and we focus on developing a tangible world in which all these characters exist and relate to each other.
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the Fringe?
We’re looking forward to seeing The Bacchanals at The Space Surgeon’s Hall, 20.20pm. Alexandria, one of our players, is in that show!
Have you done the fringe before? What have been some of your favourite shows to date and why?
This is our third year at the Fringe, Nina Conti was amazing last year and the Showstoppers are always a must see!
Some acts have already tried it and done shows in the environment but do you think virtual reality has a space to be used in improv and what other modern technologies do you think could alter the way we interact and watch improv?
I have seen quite a few Virtual Reality theatre shows which have been really fun but I’ve never seen it used with Improv! I think part of the appeal with improv is the interaction with the audience in the room, we lose the 4th wall of traditional theatre, and I’m not sure how that would work with virtual reality headsets but I’d be open to trying!
What have been some of the most unique and different improv sets you have seen this year and why?
I really enjoyed Multiverse, which is an improvised musical, they build really dainty scenes and then break into song mid way through; it’s totally random and brilliant!
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
We’re all over social media:
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
Surreal Laughter Guaranteed !
ED FRINGE QUICK FIRE ROUND
Best thing about performing at the Fringe?
Meeting all the other acts and seeing all the other shows.
The most challenging thing about performing at the Fringe?
What three items are essential for a successful Fringe?
Alcohol. Ibuprofen. Iron Bru.
What’s the secret to successful flyering?
There isn’t one. Put in the hours, that’s all.
What are the best venue’s at the Fringe?
Underbelly. Cause we’re there, innit.
Categories: Comedy, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018, Improv, Interview, Shows
Tagged as: Comedy, crime scene improvisation, edfringe, edinburgh, fringe, Improv, improvisation
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Hello! My name is Holly and I am the Editor of The Phoenix Remix. I am a Video Editor in the Television Industry. I write this website as a hobby in my spare time. Comedy and Music run through my veins and I love writing about them both, I adore interviewing acts and always on the lookout for something new!
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