Murder on the Dancefloor

Theatre (comedy, physical theatre)

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  • Pleasance Courtyard - Beside
  • 14:15
  • Aug 26
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Spies Like Us in association with the Pleasance
  • Warnings and additional info: -
  • Accessibility:
    Audio enhancement system
    Relaxed Performance
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


Sabrina digs up dirt, a hysterical boy looks heavenward and there might be a ghost in the garden. In a city that feels less and less like home, five friends are plunged into a ruthless world of greed, grudges and grooves. Lurching from dodgy pubs to dysfunctional dinners they must figure out who they can trust and how far they’ll go to get what they want. Following a national and international tour, the multi award-winning Spies Like Us return in their explosive physical style with a jet-black comedy for our time. Don’t try this at home.

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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
    Relaxed Performance
  • Accessible entry: Queue in courtyard on far right. Entrance via gentle ramp.
  • Wheelchair access type: Permanent Ramp

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

Relaxed performances

  • Dates: 12 August
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team for more information or to discuss any accessibility requirements.
  • Character Introduction Details
  • Additional information: There will some overlapping sound and some of it will be loud: though only relative to the rest of the show.

Be aware that this show features:

  • Loud/repetitive/high pitched/unexpected or overlapping sound
  • Characters expressing anger
  • Permission to move around and make noise
  • Show guide or synopsis or character list

Show does not feature:

  • Total Audience Black Out
  • Flashing Lights/Strobed Lighting
  • Distinctive smells
  • Special effects (e.g. smoke/bubbles/pyrotechnics)
  • Latex balloons
  • Heavily dialogue-driven scenes
  • Audience required to walk around
  • Audience required to undertake directed movement
  • Audience required to sing/speak along with/for performer
  • Audience invited on stage
  • Performer goes into audience area
  • An intermission
  • Audience chill out area
  • Permission to engage with performer

How and when to make an access booking

Our access tickets service is available to anyone who:

  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Karla Parussel 109 days ago

Very tightly choreographed show that keeps the pace up throughout. Well acted and professional delivery. I enjoyed it. I liked the theme about how it is difficult to start out in life and how we all need the proper support until we can stand on our own two feet. And the tougher this world gets for the newer generation the more they are forced to exploit each other to survive. The show was a joy to watch.

Julie Phillips 113 days ago

Interesting but not the best I’ve seen this year. 3 out of 5

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The Scotsman (3/5 stars) 108 days ago

Through an imaginative, fast-flowing combination of dance and storytelling, this young company tackle the housing crisis through the tale of a family in a world where the older generation have all of the property power and no desire to hand it back. ...

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Kris Hallett (3/5 stars) 110 days ago

If the Fringe is the place for developing companies to get noticed, Spies Like Us are already veterans of the game, even though the majority of them are still at university. Having caught the industries eye with Our Man in Havana in 2017 and solidified their promise with Woyzeck in 2018 they complete a triumvirate with Murder On The Dancefloor in 2019. It probably can claim the award for the sweatiest show of this year’s Fringe, in the sauna-like conditions of Beside, but this group, supported by both the Young Pleasance and New Diorama won’t allow you to drift off in the heat.

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Everything Theatre (4/5 stars) 112 days ago

Spies Like Us have been ones to watch at the Edinburgh Fringe for three years now; there’s always a large queue at the Pleasance to see their shows, whether it’s Our Man in Havana (their stunning debut), Woyzeck, or this year’s offering, Murder On The Dancefloor. They’ve even been voted New Diorama Emerging Company 2019-20. Audiences come for the inventive choreography, slick production and scarily young cast. Murder on the Dancefloor is their first original and contemporary play, following the previous two successful adaptations.

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British Theatre Guide (5/5 stars) 117 days ago

The highly impressive Spies Like Us returns to the Fringe following their successful production of Woyzeck and Our Man in Havana. These highly talented Young Pleasance graduates have forged a unique physical theatre style in storytelling that both excites and entertains.Written and skilfully directed by Ollie Norton-Smith, Murder on the...

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UK Theatre Web (4/5 stars) 118 days ago

Sabrina and Jonno are back home with Dad. Dad has a new love. Could murder ensue? This is a densely packed play illuminated by dance episodes to classic disco tracks

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The Wee Review (3/5 stars) 120 days ago

Building on the success of previous years, the newest show from Spies Like Us, Murder On The Dancefloor, tells the story of Sabrina (Phoebe Campbell), a twenty-something who finds herself newly confronted with the difficult realities of ‘the big bad world’ alongside her three Uni friends and mysterious newbie, Louis...

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Voice Magazine (4/5 stars) 121 days ago

Being performed at the Pleasance Courtyard, Murder on the Dancefloor is a high impact physical theatre play. Energy oozes out of this performance about Sabrina and her friends and family as they all struggle to find their place in the world. Murder on the Dancefloor explores the taboo subject of money and how far we will go to ensure we get what we want. The play covers dark subjects such as greed and jealousy in a intense yet fun way.

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Theatre Weekly (5/5 stars) 121 days ago

Spies Like Us Theatre return to the Edinburgh Fringe for a third year, with their highly inventive and thoroughly entertaining Murder on the Dancefloor. In previous years the Young Pleasance graduates have given a physical theatre twist to adaptations, including last year’s Woyzeck. This year they bring an original piece to the Pleasance Courtyard, yet it feels as fully formed and accomplished as an old classic.

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Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (4/5 stars) 121 days ago

Bursting with energy, Murder on the Dancefloor is physical theatre at its high-octane best. Dealing with real challenges facing millennials in 2019, this clever performance sends the audience tearing towards a...

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Broadway Baby (3/5 stars) 122 days ago

Death on the depressing dancefloor that is the job and house hunting game – certainly not the most ideal outcome for a 21 year old just trying to live. But competition is fierce, and if one thing is totally clear, it’s that everyone is in this game for themselves. Using...

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