Murder Village: An Improvised Whodunnit

Mimi Dang
2nd Jul 2023

Murder Village: An Improvised Whodunnit is a delightfully entertaining show that brings the charm of Agatha Christie novels to life through improvisation. With its critically acclaimed run and award-winning performance at the Sydney Fringe Festival in 2022, the show returned to Sydney, promising more cunningly improvised mysteries.

One of the highlights of this production is the skillful improvisation of the cast. Led by director David Massingham, the talented group of improvisers, including Amanda Buckley, Lliam Amor, and Jason Geary, creates eccentric characters and perplexing mysteries based on audience suggestions. Their ability to think on their feet and craft engaging storylines on the spot is truly impressive.

The interactive nature of Murder Village added an exciting twist to the traditional murder mystery format. The audience plays a crucial role in determining the outcome, as their secret ballot votes decide who lives, who dies, and ultimately, who the culprit is. There aren’t many pieces of theatre where you have the power to control the plot. Mystery lovers become part of the experience and try to solve the crime themselves, complete with suspenseful piano music in the background.

Furthermore, the show's commitment to diversity and unpredictability is commendable. With a new mystery unfolding each night, no two shows are the same. Shaped by the audience's suggestions, this ensures a fresh and unique experience every time with plenty of laughs as well. This adaptability keeps the audience engaged and eager to see what unfolds in Murder Village. Only one thing is for certain - a murder will take place! 

Overall, Murder Village: An Improvised Whodunnit is a highly enjoyable production that successfully captures the essence of Agatha Christie's works while adding its own improvisational flair. With its talented cast, audience participation, and ever-changing mysteries, this show offered a unique and entertaining experience for both mystery enthusiasts and fans of improvisation.

Photo by Mark Gambino