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  • Writer's pictureJenna Cockburn

REVIEW: Kathy & Stella Solve A Murder | Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2023

"A giddily camp and upbeat production that will charm and impress!"

Back for another year, this time raising the hoof of Underbelly’s Udderbelly, is the delightfully silly mini musical ‘Kathy and Stella Solve a Murder’.

Written by Jon Brittain and Matthew Floyd Jones (known as one half of the comedy cabaret duo ‘Frisky and Mannish’) as well as produced by Fleabag’s Francesca Moody, the show packed an enjoyable punch.

The deets – two twentysomething best friends with a claptrap true-crime podcast discover that their favourite author has been murdered. Can they crack the case and find out whodunnit before the killer strikes again?

With powerhouse vocals and catchy musical numbers (brimming with wits and gags), and not to mention the slick choreography to match, the entire cast give pitch perfect, high energy performances whilst delivering smatterings of hilarity and raucous fun.

Combining two very different genres of musicals and true-crime, ‘Kathy and Stella Solve A Murder’ is a giddily camp and upbeat production that will charm and impress!




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