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LOVEHARD: MURDERED BY MURDER

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Comedy

Venue:The Newsroom, 5 - 11 Leith Street Edinburgh EH1 3AT
Phone: 0131 557 5830
Links: Click Here for venue details, Click here for map
Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: The Downstairs Bar
AUG 3-27 at 15:45 (60 min)
 
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1934. Devon. Six old friends. Exposition. A small get-together at the household of Lord and Lady Titan, Drenchblood Heights. Reason: A Murder Mystery Party. It promises to be the night of their lives. By which we mean: the night of their, er, deaths.

But with long-held grudges, egos on a knife-edge and somewhat dubious motives, the mystery becomes not the murder mystery, but the murder. Mystery. The six are being picked off one by one, and time is running out. (We have an hour.)

Barely unscathed by their award-winning run of the show "LoveHard: The House on the Hill" across Brighton, London, Birmingham and Edinburgh, the duo LoveHard are very excited to be returning to Edinburgh with this brand new show.

Featuring a live score by Nick Charlesworth.

‘Best Show’ finalists – Comedians' Choice Awards, Edinburgh 2016

‘Free Theatre Award 2016’ winners – GW&SM, Brighton Fringe

FINALISTS Leicester Square Theatre Sketch-Off 2017

"Comic geniuses" ★★★★ - What's On, 2017

“One of the most entertaining shows I have ever seen... impossible not to enjoy." ★★★★ – Broadway Baby, 2016

★★★★ - Fringe Biscuit, 2016


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June 15, 2017 Love Midlands Theatre
Murdered by Murder - LoveHard
As something of a Dickens obsessive, I have struggled to ever find anything on stage which comes close to his timeless characterisation and superb naming of the wealth of personalities who appear in his works. The eccentricity and perfect parodying of some of the characters in his novels have never really been replicated with any degree of success for me.

Until Saturday night.

Performing for just one night at The Old Joint Stock in Birmingham was LoveHard, a comedy duo who write and perform their own work.

Tyler Harding and Jacob Lovick's latest tour de force, Murdered By Murder, is set in the home of Lord and Lady Titan in 1930's Devon, ominously named Drenchblood Heights. The production is about 5 guests who turn up to attend a murder mystery evening at the aforementioned creepily named residence, who number Mayor Turnbridge, the local Vicar and Reverend Bellsniff and his rather strange wife, and an extremely annoying, rather dim and pretentious couple called Fortescue Butch Cassidy and Arabella Aribata.

They are all ably attended by a butler appropriately named Shivers and later on we are introduced to the detective who has to come to the residence when the murder mystery evening turns sour, Alistair Bye, nicknamed Ali Bye.

As a backdrop to the murder mystery, there is some consternation among the guests about a jewel thief who is on the prowl in the vicinity.

There is some well performed and appropriately arranged keyboard music in the background at the right moments, which adds to the quality of the production, provided by Nick Charleworth.

The two writers/performers portray all the parts between them. It is an absolute masterclass in characterisation; they move between all the characters which they are playing with ease and professionalism, leaving the audience alternately rolling with mirth and in genuine suspense awaiting the next twist in the tale. There are some beautifully choreographed moments (such as the comedic flash backs which help the audience remember the different elements of the story) and some quite hilarious ad lib-ing and improvisation, which includes them both reminding each other where the fictitious door is on the stage.

What is also astounding is the depth of characterisation which is achieved by the superb writing. As the performance unfolds, we learn of all the different foibles affecting the guests, and all the secrets which they are hiding. With shades of 'Abigail's Party' ringing in our ears, we watch as all the lives of the people unfold before us with excellent comic timing and pace, and there are no 'loose strings' at all by the end.

I must confess to never having seen anything quite as unique as this. The energy which they both inject into the performance is astounding, and it truly seems like there more actors on the stage than just the two of them.

It is not surprising that they won awards at the Edinburgh and Brighton Fringe runs in 2016.

It was said of Dicken's masterpiece 'The Pickwick Papers' that there was a 'sense of the Gods gone wandering in England'. 'Murdered By Murder' is right up there and wandering alongside those same Gods; I'm sure Dickens himself would have been full of praise for this production. Click Here

June 12, 2017  What's On
LoveHard: Murdered by Murder REVIEW
Murdered By Murder, the award-winning show from talented Birmingham comedy duo Lovehard, left the crowd at The Old Joint Stock Theatre in stitches.

Jacob Lovick and Tyler Harding proved themselves to be comic geniuses as they simultaneously portrayed nine totally different characters between them in a spectacularly-written whodunit-style show.

When six guests arrive at Drenchblood Heights, the household of Lord and Lady Titan, for a murder mystery party, little do they know they are in for a night of real mystery with multiple shocking (and hilarious) twists and turns.

With no set or costume changes other than a detective’s hat, the two actors cleverly portrayed each character with a simple change of voice and gait as they seamlessly went from one interesting character to the next with nothing but a 'whoosh' sound.

At times when most of the characters were all around one dining table, they successfully managed to make it hilarious, rather than confusing.

The laughs from the audience didn’t stop during the cleverly-written performance. The fourth wall was broken a couple of times, including when they occasionally made each other laugh, adding to the hilarity of the show.

Lovehard will be performing at Edinburgh Fringe festival again this year, and with the success of this show, the comedy duo are definitely ones to watch.

****

Review by Lauren Cox Click Here

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