Announcing Kathy and Stella Solve A Murder! at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

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A hilarious murder mystery musical from the multi award-winning creators behind Fleabag, Baby Reindeer, A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) and Frisky and Mannish

Created by Jon Brittain (Olivier Award winner, Rotterdam, Fringe First and Olivier Award winner, Baby Reindeer) and Matthew Floyd Jones (Frisky and Mannish)

“This is impossible! We’ve got motives. No Suspects. We don’t know anything! Who knew solving a murder would be so hard?”

Murder obsessed BFFs Kathy and Stella host Hull’s least successful true-crime podcast. When their favourite author is killed, they are thrust into a thrilling whodunnit of their own! Can they crack the case (and become global podcast superstars) before the killer strikes again…?

This laugh-out-loud musical reunites the writing and musical talents of Jon Brittain and Matthew Floyd Jones (Frisky and Mannish) who last collaborated on the critically acclaimed, Fringe First award-winning A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad). Jon Brittain and Francesca Moody also team up again following double award wins (Fringe First 2019, Olivier Award 2020) for Richard Gadd’s Baby Reindeer. The creative team’s individual successes include Rotterdam, Fleabag and Edinburgh Fringe smash-hits Square Go, Angry Alan, Frisky and Mannish and Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho.

Jon Brittain and Matthew Floyd Jones said of Kathy and Stella Solve a Murder: “During the first lockdown we started a musicals club where we did synchronised watches of everything from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Legally Blonde. At the same time we were bingeing every true crime documentary and podcast the internet had to offer. It wasn’t long before we decided to mash up our lockdown hobbies – and Kathy and Stella Solve a Murder was born! A heart-warming musical about a cold-blooded killing. Serial or Making a Murder by way of Victoria Wood, Hairspray and Scooby Doo. It’s a story about true crime, the influence storytellers can have on the stories they’re telling, and most of all it’s about two misfit best friends, the world’s least likely detectives, who set out to find a killer… and along the way find themselves.

Francesca Moody of Francesca Moody Productions said: “I’m thrilled to be collaborating with the brilliant Jon and Matthew on FMP’s first ever musical. Kathy and Stella Solve A Murder is going to be a joyful, funny, irreverent and above all entertaining show, which, after the last two years of the pandemic is exactly what I think we all need – a chance for people to come back together and laugh. And where better to do it than our spiritual home, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. I can’t wait for FMP to return with live shows to Edinburgh after a two-year hiatus. Kathy and Stella Solve A Murder will be late-night entertainment that has real bite and I so excited to share it with audiences.

Francesca Moody Productions presents
Kathy & Stella Solve a Murder!
Roundabout @ Summerhall, Summerhall Place, Edinburgh, EH9 1PL
3 – 28 August (not 4, 9, 16 or 23) | 21:50 (23:00)
Aug 10-11,15,17-18, 22, 24-25 | £14.00 (£12.00)
Aug 7-8,12-14,19-21,26-28 | £15.00 (£13.00)
Previews: 3, 5 and 6 August, | £9
Box office: 0131 560 1581 | www.summerhall.co.uk