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Cordelia Butters Investigates


Cordelia Butters Investigates

The Counting House

38 West Nicolson Street
The Attic: AUG 4-18 at 12:00 (45 min) - Pay What You Can

Cordelia Butters Investigates

A spoof “true crime documentary*” with all the ingredients of your favourite true crime docs! A mysterious murder of a victim, pushed down the stairs and hidden in the town’s water supply. A corrupt police force planting evidence. I’m Cordelia Butters and this is my “award winning podcast**”. 

(*May not be based on a true crime. **May not be a real podcast. Awards pending)  

The debut solo show from ‘Crime Scene Impro’s’ Sarah Kempton.

Reviews for previous productions:

"Kempton shines... superb physical comedy"(The Stage)

“A masterclass in acting” - Stagey Lady

"Flawless, energetic, performance" Winchester Today

This year we have two entry methods: Free & Unticketed or Pay What You Can
Free & Unticketed: Entry to a show is first-come, first served at the venue - just turn up and then donate to the show in the collection at the end.
Pay What You Can: For these shows you can book a ticket to guarantee entry and choose your price from the Fringe Box Office, up to 30 mins before a show. After that all remaining space is free at the venue on a first-come, first-served bases. Donations for walk-ins at the end of the show.

News and Reviews for this Show

August 12, 2022    The Student Newspaper

In the middle of the most recent spells of uncharacteristically Scottish heat when I perhaps would’ve been better off sunning myself on the Costa Del Forth. I instead found myself crammed into a tight, hot sweaty room at the top of The Counting House in Newington, perched on the end of a row of classroom chairs, staring at a layer of black fabric, whilst fanning myself with a leaflet for a different nonspecific show, all the while wondering if any of this was worth it.

The show was Cordelia Butters Investigates, part of the Pay What You Can Scheme that many venues are putting on, where you can go see a bit of light afternoon performance for little to no money – no pressure on the part of anyone, basically.

I’m not going to sit here and pretend that Cordelia Butters Investigates, (a title which does eventually justify itself, if not quite enough to counteract the cringing reactions it induced when I told others what I was off to see), is the secret crown jewel of the Fringe, though I don’t think lead performer Sarah Kempton is under any illusions on that front either, to be honest. What I do think CBI (shortening from hereafter for efficiency) achieves is exactly what it was supposed to; tight, serviceable fun.

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August 9, 2022    Edinburgh Guide

Cordelia Butters is the conglomeration of every semi- famous female true crime podcaster and true detective wannabe - except while they may seem to have it all together, she is falling apart.

Not only is she podcasting about a local murder, but she's also trying to solve it - and the clock is ticking. A woman was found in a water supply, and her husband was found guilty- but he swears he's innocent - so Cordelia Butters is on the case.

This isn't Cordelia's first venture into podcasting; she's tried about half a dozen other podcast topics that haven't been an instant skyrocket to success, so why not try true crime? She's got a plan and she's sticking to it, come hell or highwater!

Kempton is fast, funny, and fun; she brings you into Butters' world from the first moment and keeps you there until the very end. A few technical issues (that Kempton handled with grace and wit) only added another level of unintentional humour to the show.

Even if you're not into true crime or podcasts, Cordelia Butters Investigates is a great lunch time laugh. Click Here For Review