At this time of year a lot of theatre lovers and comedy lovers alike turn their attention to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where all manner of performers yearly produce an unimaginable amount of productions.

But if you’re looking for original writing and comedy this month there’s something that might be right up your street.

Actor Kenny Boyle, who played panto-villain Chancellor Pratt in last year’s Snow White and is to appear again this year as an ugly sister in Cinderella, is making an early appearance back at the Ayr Gaiety theatre in the hugely successful show “Can You Catch The Killer?”

The murder mystery style event has become a staple at the Ayr Gaiety and is returning on the 29th of August with a cowboy themed mystery called “At Least Five Ways to Die in the Wild West”.

But Boyle isn’t alone. Joining him in the cast is Scot-Squad favourite Karen Bartke, better known as Officer Karen the long suffering police officer hounded constantly at her place of work by the well-meaning Bobby. Joining Bartke and Boyle is John Love who has made appearances in Outlander among and a host of other shows.

Anyone who saw Boyle’s performance as Chancellor Pratt at the Gaiety will know about his love of word play and puns, and he promises there will be plenty of that in this show as well telling us “it’s a hilarious script, full of terrible puns mixed with some real clever wit and a plot that is really intricate, but still a lot of fun.”

But don’t think for a minute that you’ll get to just sit back the whole time and watch the performance. Boyle goes on to say, “The true joy of ‘Can You Catch the Killer?’ is that the audience become detectives and get to interrogate each of us in turn to see if they can figure out which of us is the killer. It’s amazing the questions we get asked and some audiences get very competitive, but win or lose everyone always leaves happy.”

At least Five Ways to Die in the West will be on at the Ayr Gaiety on the 29th of August at 7:30 and audience members who want to dress the part will be given an especially warm welcome. Tickets are available from their website at:

But don’t worry if you can’t make it, because “Can you Catch the Killer” are also bringing mysteries to visit Troon, Auchinleck and Muirkirk in late October and early November. More information can be found on their website at

29 Aug, 2017
£12.50 to £13.50
120 mins
Studio Theatre