Making its debut at the Edinburgh Fringe, Villain: DeBlanks is an improvised whodunnit promising to bring laughter to younger audiences. Hosted by creator and writer Billy Mitchell, the audience is introduced to the six actors. The actors integrate with the audience initially before taking on roles of potential suspects within the play.
Appealing to the silliness of children, the improvisation comes in the form of the audience supplying missing words within the script. At the start of the show the actors make their way around the audience. Each actor collects a mix of nouns, adjectives and verbs from the audience to complete their contribution to the play. This is fun of the piece, given the audience has no idea of the sentence which will home their contribution.
With blanks completed, the actors take their place on the stage. For the remainder of the production the actors being the script to life. This whodunnit it has enough comedy in it to ensure the action flows well. With suspects including Orson Buggy, Rhoda Pony and Vonda Jewells, there are plenty of laughs to keep the story on track, with lots of extra comedy within the completion of the blanks.
As the story comes to a close, the audience votes on the likely killer of Philip DeBlanks. Choosing between characters including the chauffeur, the fiancée, the movie producer.
All actors were friendly and engaging when collecting words from the young audience, and the engagement continued into the characterisation on stage.
At a duration of 50 minutes, Villain: DeBlanks is a different take on improvisation and comedy at the Fringe festival, and one which creates lots of fun and laughter for children.
Villain: DeBlanks is at theSpace @ Venue45 as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. You can catch the final performance at 10.05 on Saturday 25th August 2018.
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