Death By Chocolate
At least there's chocolate
This article is from 2008.
This interactive murder mystery looks great on paper. The audience, cast in the role of student police officers, are 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.
The crowd delves straight into the deliciously twisting histories of the suspects, getting so absorbed in the case that you can almost forgive the fact that too many people have been crammed into a small, stuffy room, and that the fleeting hour we're given to solve the mystery is all the more constrained by having to wait our turn to see evidence and suspects.
Murder mystery fans will appreciate that the gasp of realisation as the solution is finally revealed makes the time and effort spent on wrestling with the mystery worth the wait. So it is inexcusable when, after a fairly enjoyable hour with admittedly fantastic chocolate, the audience are informed that, for no obvious reason, we won't find out whodunit until the end of August. After all the suspense, the sense of anti-climax is gutting – the satisfaction of the audience is cast aside without a thought.
Zoo Southside, 662 6892, until 24 Aug (not 11 & 12, 18 & 19), 6pm, £12.