Hello Stephen and Alex! Tell us about Murder She Didn’t Write?
Alex -Murder She Didn’t Write is an interactive an improvised murder-mystery. Every show, we produce a ridiculous cast of upper-crust dandies, fops and toffs – then you decide which of them dies a horrible death.
How did you come up with the name of your show that your taking to the fringe?
Stephen -A pun on Murder She Wrote, of course! Just like Homer Simpson’s barbershop quartet (The Be-Sharps), we wanted a name that’s witty at first, but that seems less funny each time you hear it – we thought this fit the bill.
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?
We have some friends from Bristol performing in the fantastically titled The Cabinet of Madame Fanny Du Thé, and I personally have a very soft spot for Police Cops. They’re sweaty, silly and a little bit sexy – so we’re spiritual cousins.
Have you done the fringe before? What are the key pieces of advice you have been given or would give to new groups or people performing at the fringe?
Stephen – This will be my 10th year at the fringe, and honestly I think my top pieces of advice to newbies are to see as many shows as you can and make friends with as many other performers as you can. Immerse yourself in the art! Oh, and don’t be afraid to take a rest when you can – don’t burn yourself out.
Favourite one liner you have done in a show and why?
From a show set in a synagogue: “Let’s not argue semantics, please!”, “Why, are you anti-semantic?”
It’s often hard to remember specific lines from an improvised show; doing different lines every time makes it hard to keep them in your head after the show is over. This one has always stuck with me because it got a great reaction from the rest of the cast – there’s nothing better than being so funny that your scene partner struggles to keep it together without giggling.
What have been some of the most unique and different comedy shows you have seen this year and why?
Alex: The best show I saw last year was stand-up Sean Morley, doing a show about saying ‘sorry’ and the anxiety induced by making mistakes. Sean’s a bit like an evil genius in this show, using psychotherapy techniques to trick the audience into making the show seemingly go off the rails – while he plays a dismayed onlooker. It’s genuinely amazing. Go and see Sean’s current show.
Stephen: I also saw this, on Alex’s recommendation. It was indeed very anxiety-inducing, as well as very funny.
What is the best way to enjoy yourself at the fringe?
Stephen – Taking a punt on a show you might not normally see. You’ve got a decent chance of leaving disappointed, but most of my favourite fringe moments have involved a show being unexpectedly and mind-blowingly fantastic. If you’re not here to see some weird and wonderful performance art, why are you even at the fringe?
What would be your top three items every performer must take to the fringe?
Alex: Edinburgh in August is a maelstrom of unpredictable weather. Take Sunglasses, Waterproofs, mosquito spray, wellies, and at least 3 umbrellas – as you will keep leaving them in venues.
What’s the secret to successful flyering?
Stephen: Wear an eye-catching costume, but be wary of the fine line between eye-catching and intimidating. Alternatively be tall, handsome, and flirtatious.
Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?
Stephen: Angela Lansbury! Any of the famous TV detectives would be great, but having inspired the show’s title has to put her top of the list.
Alex: Jonathan Pennywhistle, the eccentric billionaire who pelts people with riches.
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
Alex: We’re on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram as @DegreesOfError – and our website contains all our upcoming tours dates, plus sexy, sexy headshots of us all.
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
It’s a (Murder)-mystery!
Photo Credit – Paul Blakmore