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Theatre Review: Kathy and Stella Solve a Murder

Born from a generation morbidly obsessed with true crime stories, it’s no wonder that murder-mystery musical Kathy and Stella Solve a Murder was a massive hit. 

A slight delay from the fire alarm going off only heightened the anticipation from the sold out crowd, and from the moment the performers took to the stage the audience was visibly hooked. The performers’ incredible voices filled up the room, and the piano accompaniment throughout the show was an added comedic element in its own right. For a show that covers some truly dark and deep topics like murder, it was balanced by a lighthearted and funny tone, which made it such an enjoyable performance despite the heavy subject matter. 

Telling from the title, one can assume that true crime will be a main theme of the play, and while it was, there were other aspects that were drawn upon to defy audience expectations and keep us hooked. The themes of friendship, love, and finding your place in the world, added a depth that I was not expecting and thoroughly enjoyed. Combine all of that with showtunes worthy of broadway, and witty British humour, this is certainly a stand out performance. 

Met with a well deserved standing ovation at the end, this one is definitely a must-see!

Kathy and Stella Solve a Murder | Musicals and Opera | Edinburgh Festival Fringe (edfringe.com)

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