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This article is from 2008.

Death by Chocolate

Death by Chocolate

Office Party isn’t the only ‘high concept’ show at this year’s Fringe. David Pollock picks out five more theatrical curios

Death By Chocolate

‘Interview the suspects, sample the chocolates, solve the crime’ is the pitch for this interactive murder mystery night. The setting is a chocolate-themed singles’ night; the audience are given notepads and pens and encouraged to question the actors/suspects. And eat lots of chocolate.
Zoo Southside, 662 6892, 3–24 Aug (not 11 & 12, 18 & 19), 6pm, £12. Previews 1 & 2 Aug, £10.

The Caravan

Theatre company Look Left, Look Right win the prize for bizarre venues this year (but only just – see below). The Caravan is set in a tiny caravan and focuses on the plight of the 2,200 British households still living in temporary housing after the floods of 2007. The documentary theatre piece explores people’s capacities to cope with a crisis.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 4–24 Aug (not 12), times vary, £8.50 (£8).

Apollo/Dionysus

Musing on the conflict between the Greek gods Dionysus (wine and fertility) and Apollo (order and truth), this show by theatre company The Dead offers wine and water for the audience at some point – get in there, freeloaders!
C, Chambers Street, 0845 260 1212, 30 Jul–25 Aug, 12.30pm, £8.50–£10.50 (£7.50–£9.50).

This Show Belongs to Lionel Richie

Actually five different shows from the same comedy troupe, the first two are straight sketch show and stand-up outings. Watch out for a one-off outdoor event up Arthur’s Seat on 16 Aug, flashmob ‘guerrilla sketches’ in Princes Street Gardens on Fridays, and a ‘Dial-a-Sketch’ service, whereby the performers are available at your pleasure for an hour every afternoon.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 668 1633, 3–24 Aug (not 13), 3.45pm, £8–£9 (£7–£8).

Supper

The follow-up to Symon Macintyre’s al fresco show Ghost features no performers, just four volunteers from the general public sitting down to a dinner of wine and fondue, while an audio narrative is fed to the audience via 3D headphones. Everyone’s a winner (if the show’s any cop).
Assembly Rooms, 623 3030, 6–24 Aug (not 11, 12, 18, 19), 2.30pm, £7.50. Previews 31 Jul–3 Aug, £5.

This article is from 2008.

Death By Chocolate

  • 2 stars

This interactive murder mystery sees the audience, cast in the role of student police officers, charged to sift through trays of evidence at a murder scene, interview the suspects, and solve the case. Not only is this a chance for the civilian to play detective, there's free chocolate thrown in too. 'Part of the Edinburgh…

The Caravan

  • 4 stars

Theatre company Look Left, Look Right win the prize for bizarre venues this year. The Caravan is set in a tiny caravan and focuses on the plight of the 2,200 British households still living in temporary housing after the floods of 2007. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe'

Apollo/Dionysus

Musing on the conflict between the Greek gods Dionysus (wine and fertility) and Apollo (order and truth), this show by theatre company The Dead offers wine and water for the audience at some point ? get in there, freeloaders! 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe'

This Show Belongs to Lionel Richie

Actually five different shows from the same comedy troupe, the first two are straight sketch show and stand-up outings. Watch out for flashmob 'guerrilla sketches' in Princes Street Gardens on Fridays, and a 'Dial-a-Sketch' service, whereby the performers are available at your leisure. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival…

Supper

  • 3 stars

The follow-up to Symon Macintyre's al fresco show 'Ghost' features no performers, just four volunteers from the public sitting down to a dinner of wine and fondue, while an audio narrative is fed to the audience via 3D headphones. It's likeable enough, and the taped monologues are gorgeous, but the insights offered reach…

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