Murder for Two
The Other Palace
Reviewed – 13th December 2018
“a quirky show and perfect escapism”
I must admit, I do love a good “whodunnit”, so was excited to see Murder for Two at The Other Palace – even more so when I realised it was also a musical, to be performed by just two actors.
Before the show starts, it’s obvious from the set design (Gabriella Slade) that we are about to be treated to a murder mystery, with overflowing filing cabinets and photos of the suspects on the wall. A fog-like effect and dark colour scheme makes the set all the more atmospheric.
When famous novelist, Arthur Whitney, is murdered by a bullet to the head at his own birthday party, it falls to Officer Marcus (Ed MacArthur) to solve the crime. Now, here’s the interesting twist – the only other performer on stage (Jeremy Legat) plays all the suspects. The skill he brings to this is nothing short of excellent. He switches seamlessly from character to character, including the victim’s wife and niece, a doctor, and three young choir boys, to name a few. It’s honestly a joy to watch Legat’s skilled performances of the various suspects, which make for some hilarious, laugh out loud moments.
As if the acting abilities of the two performers weren’t enough, they also prove themselves to be talented pianists and singers. The pair take turns to accompany each other on an upright piano as they sing, sometimes singing and playing as a duo. The songs are largely entertaining and well-written and encapsulate the light-hearted nature of the show well.
Best described as a parody of both the Murder Mystery and Musical Theatre genres, Murder for Two is hilarious and fun. Directed by Luke Sheppard, the two performers are engaging and likeable from the outset and bring with them an abundance of talent. This festive season, why not treat yourself to a quirky show and perfect escapism from everyday life.
Reviewed by Emily K Neal
Photography by Scott Rylander
Murder for Two
The Other Palace until 13th January
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