Reviewer: Simon Topping
The Chandeliers bounce into the room, full of energy, and ready to entertain. After a swift warm up of the crowd and an assurance that they are not here to pick on anyone, we get underway.
All of us are here to help solve a crime. Someone is dead and through a process of crowd suggestion, a name, occupation and how the murder was committed is established. The game is afoot! as Sherlock Holmes would say. Although, in Crime Scene Improvisation no one knows whodunit, not even the cast.
A Detective helps us through the clues and summarises the potential perpetrators. He a deftly played and comes up with some excellent lines as he guides us through the mystery. Bam! You just Columboed him, is one of my favourite exclamations, shouted as he prompts a member of the audience to ask a question.
As the plot unfolds we are drawn into a dark world of perverted, aubergine fondling, doctors, insane nurses and micro-penises in search of the murder.
Scene-based, or long form improvisation as it is known, is very difficult to perform. The recent triumph of the improv show, Murder in Successville, on BBC 3 is mainly down to tight scene structures, good editing and Tom Davis (DI Sleet). The Chandeliers have none of these advantages at their disposal. The quality of the performers varies quite a bit and the pace sags as we enter the middle scenes. This results in small titters throughout the piece rather than explosive fits of laughter. However, the ending finishes strong and the confession from the murderer is very funny indeed.
Runs 7, 13, 14 May 2017 at The Warren TheatreBox
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