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Pool of Blood

A Murderous Theatre of Blood was the late night attraction at the Surgeons Hall at the Edinburgh Festival 2012. Live music and Dead people.
Mad World Theatre’s latest blood curdling production with music composed and performed by Sarah Llewellyn

The 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Directed by David Llewellyn & Andrew Sherlock
Music composed and performed by Sarah Llewellyn
Produced by Mad World Theatre

A Murderous Theatre of Blood was the late night attraction at the Surgeons Hall at the Edinburgh Festival 2012. Live music and Dead people.

‘The Pool of Blood soon spreads into a gloriously preposterous melodrama. There are long-lost siblings, murderous plots against family members, illicit affairs, striking dockworkers and incriminating tattoos. The narrative is strung together with some great songs, with strong voices and some excellent harmonies. . . . this is a hell of a lot of fun, often recalling Tim Burton’s adaptation of the musical Sweeney Todd in its out-and-out celebration of all things dark and gory. And hey, if you were expecting a serious horror production, tag along anyway. You might just surprise yourself with how much you enjoy this deliciously dark, delectably violent melodrama’, Will Howard, Fringe Guru

Resume

Music Hall is dying in Liverpool 1911. Outside rioters take to the streets as an over-reached Empire spirals towards a war to end all wars. Inside, the latest French fad, Grand Guignol, a graphic Theatre of Blood, attempts to assuage a craving port’s audience. But will those dancing on the edge of the abyss be satisfied with the illusion of death? The murderous cabaret of no return sings its swan songs, while backstage washed bodies are readied for shipping. It’s anyone’s guess what to believe, as these intrigues of bloodlust unfold in a strangely familiar story.

Watch the rehearsals, tech-in and busking promotion for LiverPool of Blood in Edinburgh


Reviews

  • “this is the show to see…”

    “If you want a mix of gore and laughs, this is the show to see. It’s a very British tale of dark forces and dark deeds intertwined with music hall and a few good giggles. The musical numbers were performed beautifully, the harmonies were all spot on, and the gore was also really realistic. Without giving too much away, decapitating somebody live on stage is a pretty impressive feat.

    All of the acting was brilliant, and the band were excellent at keeping the whole atmosphere of the piece constant throughout, some members even jumping up to be extra characters. The variety of accents was wide but accurate, and Claire Bryan’s portrayal of Desiree was beautifully executed and had me hanging off her every word.

    It’s a great show to see for an evening of entertainment, but make sure you’re prepared to really go with it, because it takes you to places you will probably have never been before, and so is not completely to everyone’s taste. But, if you enjoy the taste of blood, it’s more than right for you.”

    Jack Gogarty, StageWon ***

  • “beyond a lot of the usual Fringe fare for new musicals…”

    “This musical black comedy tells the story of a turn of an early 20th century music hall where the manager runs a secret trade in body-snatching.

    Little known is that everyone in the company has their own agenda and an axe or two to grind, and the wealthy financier has his own dark and strange designs on the place.

    It’s always a relief to see a performance that aims high and yet still remembers not to take itself too seriously. Mad World Theatre has transformed the main stage of Surgeon’s Hall into a whirligig of fun where the music comes thick and fast and there are moments of great slapstick humour as well as puns that vary from the sublime to the downright terrible.

    The production, while not completely polished, was still leaps and bounds beyond a lot of the usual Fringe fare for new musicals.”

    Graeme Strachan, BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE ****

  • “deliciously dark, delectably violent melodrama…”

    ‘The Pool of Blood soon spreads into a gloriously preposterous melodrama. There are long-lost siblings, murderous plots against family members, illicit affairs, striking dockworkers and incriminating tattoos. The narrative is strung together with some great songs, with strong voices and some excellent harmonies. . . . this is a hell of a lot of fun, often recalling Tim Burton’s adaptation of the musical Sweeney Todd in its out-and-out celebration of all things dark and gory. And hey, if you were expecting a serious horror production, tag along anyway. You might just surprise yourself with how much you enjoy this deliciously dark, delectably violent melodrama’

    Will Howard, Fringe Guru

  • “a huge achievement to the cast and people behind it…”

    “Something that really stood out for me was the musical attribution towards the show, as an aspiring song writer myself, I really found that the music helped explain the story and the voices of the actors/actresses were very strong throughout. In all, the play was a huge success with the audience and myself and should definitely be enjoyed by everyone who has the chance to see it, a huge achievement to the cast and people behind it, well done”
    Chris Marshall, Edinburg Festival Guide, *****