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Pinch Punch Improv on Locomotive for Murder

Improv theatre is a genre of theatre that both scares and excites us, although probably more scares if we’re being honest. But luckily we aren’t the ones getting up on stage each night having to think on our feet and come up with funny and surreal scenario’s. Instead we can leave it to the pro’s who in this case are Pinch Punch Improv.

Pinch Punch are bringing their latest show, Locomotive for Murder, to the VAULT Festival on 4 and 5 March. And before then, they found the time to sit down with Lily Middleton to chat about the show and how you go about devising an improv show.

(We apologise for the slightly grainy quality of the recording on this one, but hopefully it won’t distract from your enjoyment).

Locomotive For Murder: The Improvised Whodunnit

VAULT Festival

4 and 5 March.

Pinch Punch welcome you aboard Locomotive for Murder: The Improvised Whodunnit, a totally improvised, totally outrageous murder mystery where killing the cast and cracking the case is in your hands. Expect dubious accents and shaky alibis, along with thrills, spills, and good old-fashioned kills.

Four characters board a train, but not everyone will survive… Thankfully, a world-famous detective is onboard, ready to dive in and solve the case (with the help of their trusty audience assistants, of course). But who is the murderer? Through a random ticketing mix-up, only one person knows—the murderer themselves. Can you help the detective solve the case before the killer strikes again?

Using audience stories and suggestions, watch Pinch Punch create a unique, one-of-a-kind, never-to-be-repeated whodunnit. If you love comedy, murder mysteries and putting your wits to the test, then this is the show for you!

Tickets available here.

About Pinch Punch Improv

Pinch Punch is a comedy collective of long-form improvisers. Based in London, their work includes The Pinch Punch Podcast and The improvised Panto, a festive favourite since their sell-out Edinburgh Fringe run in 2018. In 2020, Pinch Punch were commissioned by Harrow Arts Centre to create online, interactive kids show, Build Your Own Story, and received further backing for a run of Locomotive for Murder: The Improvised Whodunnit. Since then, Pinch Punch have performed their improvised murder mystery at the Brighton Open Air Theatre as well in black boxes, forests and palaces.

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About Lily Middleton

Lily currently works for a gardening magazine, so spends her days writing about plants. When not stretching her green fingers, she can be found in a theatre or obsessively crafting. Her love of theatre began with musicals as a child, Starlight Express at the Apollo Victoria being her earliest memory of being completely entranced. She studied music at university and during this time worked on a few shows in the pit with her violin, notably Love Story (which made her cry more and more with each performance) and Calamity Jane (where the gunshot effects never failed to make her jump). But it was when working at Battersea Arts Centre at the start of her career that her eyes were opened to the breadth of theatre and the impact it can have. This solidified a life-long love of theatre, whether in the back of a pub, a disused warehouse or in the heart of the West End.