Review_ LOCOMOTIVE FOR MURDER, Liverpool Theatre Competition

Take 5 gifted improv performers, a homicide thriller story and mix that with a plot line based mostly on viewers solutions. What do you get? You get a slick, very good theatre present known as Locomotive for Homicide: The Improvised Whodunnit.


As soon as once more the award-winning Liverpool Theatre Competition have delivered an excellent mixture of productions – together with Pinch Punch’s Locomotive for Homicide.

Locomotive for Homicide visited the Liverpool Theatre Competition forward of its extremely anticipated run on the Edinburgh Fringe Competition. But regardless of touring to venues throughout the UK this yr, no two reveals are the identical – making every efficiency a novel expertise for the viewers.

Sure, the premise of the story is essentially the identical. 4 characters step onto a prepare certain for a vacation vacation spot, earlier than one is killed and detective Miss Marble should work out which passenger was the offender – together with some assist from the viewers. But the characters we meet, their backstories, hyperlinks to at least one one other and the vacation spot of their prepare are all decided by the viewers every night.

As such, the characters in every present and the tales interwoven into the plot are fully completely different. Lottie Davies, who delivers an brisk and interesting efficiency as Miss Marble, opens the present by asking the viewers a collection of questions similar to ‘What merchandise would you need to have on a desert island?’. Utilizing the viewers solutions, the gifted improv group cleverly create characters on the spot which might be based mostly on the solutions.


It’s a real thrill to see the group suppose shortly on the spot and select props and costumes to create characters that didn’t exist moments in the past. Whether or not it’s a Scout Chief known as William Waddell (based mostly on a an viewers member’s story that they was once the scouts) or a seamstress known as Carla Curtains (when one viewers member spoke about their very own profession as a stitching machinist), this reviewer was left in awe of the expertise of the improv group to create these new characters that we grew to know in just some minutes.

Though gathering character solutions from the viewers meant that the manufacturing was sluggish to begin, it shortly gathered tempo and was an entertaining and interesting watch from begin to end. Pinch Punch showcased the wonderful improv abilities which have had audiences coming again for extra.

Utilizing simply props and costumes, together with 4 stools on the in any other case empty stage, the group used their improvisation abilities to color the world that audiences have been entering into.

After asking the viewers why the prepare stopped (the suggestion was a snow drift blocking the tracks), Lottie Davies’ Miss Marble elaborated and mentioned it was a snow drift within the form of a Toblerone chocolate bar to set the scene, earlier than the forged (together with David Fenne, Peter Rugman, Beth Lilly and Will Beynon) started to touch upon how they have been feeling being caught in that state of affairs. Instantly the viewers knew the place the scene was set and every character’s persona traits, showcasing the group’s capacity to utilise an viewers suggestion and implement it right into a story to participating and wonderful impact. Every performer gave an gratifying efficiency that made the viewers really feel that we knew the characters from the second the present started.

The forged additionally impressively stored observe of each single viewers suggestion and managed to make the continuity within the story seamless. Notably, Will Beynon as a musician in a marching band and David Fenne because the Scoutmaster referenced clues discovered on the crime scene by Miss Marble and interwove them into their flashback scenes with Peter Rugman’s candy Lord Percival, whereas Beth Lilly referenced a second when Carol Curtains dropped a stitching needle earlier within the story in her flashback scene. Not solely did this assist with the continuity, but additionally made it tougher for the viewers to guess whodunnit – including intrigue and thriller to the story.

This one hour improvised comedy drama was a delight to look at and one this reviewer would extremely suggest anybody to go and see. If you’re watching Locomotive for Homicide on the Edinburgh Fringe this summer time, you’re in for an absolute deal with.

The Liverpool Theatre Competition continues till 30 July