No one knows who the killer is, not even the cast! The improvised comedy murder mystery is back! Following three sell-out years at the Edinburgh Fringe, CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation returns creating a 100% brand-new whodunnit every show to solve an outlandish murder invented by the audience. Someone’s kicked the bucket. But who, what and how? Alexandria MacLeod from the cast spoke with The Fountain about the show and their plans for the Fringe.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting?
We are! It’s Crime Scene Improvisations 4th year at the Fringe so we sort of know what we’re doing by now… sort of… We’re back at the Underbelly in the same venue as last year, the whole team is really lovely so we’re just looking forward to being back and having some fun!
TF: CSI certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
There has been a murder! (Cue gasping noises) the audience decide who has been killed (no we do not accept victims by the name of Donald or Theresa or Boris…) what their profession is (shark tamer, judo master etc) and how they were killed (carrot, earplug, button… that type of weapon). We improvise the aftermath of the murder playing the victim’s nearest and dearest then the audience vote on who they think did it. Voila! Improvised murder mystery.
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
We all love a good murder mystery and we all love improv so we decided to combine the two! Basically it’s Midsummer Murders meets Whose Line Is It Anyway, that idea tickled us and five years later we’ve gone from strength to strength! Fantastic improv groups like Showstoppers and Austentatious are really putting improv on the map in the UK and that’s great to see, we’re definitely fans of their work.
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, having been before are there any tips or musts you would offer to first-time performers?
We’ll be hanging around the Underbelly Bistro Square for most of the Fringe as that’s where we are performing and it happens to be our favourite place to get a pint. If it’s your first time there then see lots of shows and get involved but don’t worry if you can’t do everything, schedule in some days where you just hike up Arthur seat or get out of town, regular breaks are needed!
TF: Is there anything you are keen to see whilst in Edinburgh? This is my fourth year at the Fringe and some shows are always a safe bet, like Austentatious and Showstoppers, guaranteed to be hilarious and to sell out. I’m also doing a stand up breakfast show, Freshly Squeezed Comedy, 10.20am at City Cafe so I’m obviously going to say that too!
TF: And what are your future plans beyond CSI ?
We have just started working with a new director and really exploring lots of new elements to our show so it is a very exciting time for us… lots of things in the pipeline so watch this space!
CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation is at 2pm, Underbelly Bistro Square, 3rd -25th August