Aug 15-19, 21-26 - theSpace@ Symposium Hall - Amphitheatre
theSpace @ Symposium Hall - Amphitheatre
Cult-hit event Solve Along A Murder She Wrote comes to Edinburgh with an interactive screening of the classic Murder, She Wrote episode, Sing a Song of Murder. The critically acclaimed show, hosted by super-fan Tim Benzie, features: a race to solve to the crime via the Fameometer and the Suspiciometer; clips and bios of the guest stars; a singalong to the theme tune with new lyrics and more
Solve-Along-a-Murder-She-Wrote has been on my list of shows I have wanted to experience for a good few years now since it became a regular staple at The Prince Charles Cinema and the timing never worked out to grab myself a ticket to watch Jessica Fletcher in action in that famous sloped screening room but thankfully it has come north for the Fringe!
This experience offers fans of the iconic TV series Murder, She Wrote a chance to immerse themselves in the sleuthing world of Jessica Fletcher while actively participating in solving the crime. Jessica Fletcher is a mystery writer who finds herself consistently entangled in real-life murder investigations. With her keen intellect, Jessica unravels crimes in her small coastal town of Cabot Cove and beyond. For our event we’re watching an episode from 1985 called ‘Sing a Song of Murder’ where Fletcher rushes across the pond to London in an attempt to aid her cousin, also played by Fletcher, a famous Liverpudlian actress in the theatre, who has become the target of several murder attempts.
Our host Tim Benzie is the perfect host as he dresses up in a range of Fletcher’s outfits and wigs – including that grey jogging outfit seen in the memorable opening credits and his knowledge of the show which spanned twelve seasons and 250 plus episodes is unrivalled. Benzie also uses his understanding of the era culturally and how that informs the casting and creative choices. Benzie’s insights help keep the audience engaged with the show and not just passively watching the episode unfold passively as if you were watching it on ITV3 in the midafternoon.
Our fringe audience is encouraged to become amateur detectives like Fletcher, engaging their minds as we try to piece together the clues, motives, and suspects by using paddles with her face on them to raise when we see something suspicious from our rogue gallery of guest stars and thanks to the heavy-handedness of the writing there will be plenty of wrist action being undertaken. We regularly rank on the Suspiciousometer our suspects and test the theory that the most famous guest star in each episode is potentially the murderer we are looking for. The event is well-balanced with interactive elements and follows the mystery on the screen.
Due to the huge pantheon of “Murder She Wrote” episodes Tim Benzie mixes up the episodes for live shows and I’m already looking forward to seeing more of these in the future! - Lee Hutchison
Book your tickets here > Solve Along A Murder She Wrote | Cabaret and Variety | Edinburgh Festival Fringe (edfringe.com)