Fresh from a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe at Pleasance last year, and currently enjoying a West End residency at Leicester Square Theatre, Degrees of Error bring their hilarious and innovative Murder, She Didn’t Write back up to Fringe Festival 2018.
Peter Baker who plays Mr Green in the comedy, spoke with The Fountain about their joy in bringing Murder, She Didn’t Write back to Edinburgh audiences.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting?
Incredibly exciting! There really is nothing like the Fringe and each year feels even more exciting than the last. This is our sixth year bringing Murder, She Didn’t Write to Edinburgh and our second at The Pleasance, and we’re excited to show off some sexy new set and bold facial hair, especially cultivated for this Fringe run.
TF: Your show certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
Murder, She Didn’t Write is an improvised murder mystery comedy, created on the spot using audience suggestions, meaning no two shows are alike. One lucky audience member is selected at random as the detective’s assistant and they get to pick from audience suggestions for the setting of the show, plus secretly decide which one of us lives or dies. The rest of the audience then gets to sit back, enjoy and guess whodunnit.
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
We all love improv and we all love murder mysteries. If I had to say, I’d claim we’re the cheeky offspring of Agatha Christie and any one of the cast of Whose Line Is It Anyway. About seven years ago, we wondered if it was possible to marry that quintessentially British structure of a murder mystery with the freeform fun of improv comedy. Ever since then we’ve tweaked and honed and played with the show and we still all genuinely love that moment where we don our colour-coordinated costumes, not knowing if we’ll be a bookish beekeeper or an flamboyant flamenco dancer – it’s part of what keeps both us and audiences coming back for more!
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, having been before are there any tips or musts you would offer to first-time performers?
Our primary plan is to tickle audiences’ fancies every night with a colourful collection of characters flung into a story of mischief, mayhem and inevitable murder. Alongside that, it’s also to check out the other great work companies are bringing up. To a first-time performer, I’d say it’s so important to get out there and watch other shows and meet other performers. Have a laugh when you’re flyering and know that we’re all in it together. The Fringe is such a great opportunity to share experiences, gain insights and it’s also just blooming lovely to be able to support other artists for a whole month.
I also recommend energy drinks – we swear by them.
TF: And what are your future plans beyond your show?
We’re very pleased to have secured a regular monthly slot at London’s Leicester Square Theatre until the end of the year and we have some exciting tour dates already lined up for 2019. We update our schedule regularly on our website and will be spreading our geographical net pretty wide this coming year, inevitably including a return to our cherished Edinburgh Fringe.
Murder, She Didn’t Write, Pleasance Courtyard – Pleasance Beyond,1st – 27th August (including late night shows on select dates), 5pm