Groundhog Day for VPT

Feb 1 2015 | By More

Village Pub Theatre celebrates Bill Murray

Ever one for the innovative approach, Edinburgh’s Village Pub Theatre is performing a Bill Murray Pub Quiz as part of its next event, this Monday at the Village Pub.

The date, February the second, is Groundhog Day – the day when winter might, or might not, end according to traditions in some parts of the world. And thus the day when Murray’s film Groundhog Day is set.

Bill Murray Night

And also the day which has entered the vocabulary as shorthand for an unpleasant day or event which seems to repeat continuously.

Murray himself is the source of many urban myth type stories, based on the trope of Murray turning up in a random setting, doing something outrageous before looking the storyteller in the eye and departing with the line “nobody will ever believe you!”.

Bringing all these factors together has given the VPT boffins a fine time, according to producer Sophie Good, who is also providing one of the short plays for this week’s event.

Sophie Good told Æ: “We set ourselves a challenge of creating some quirkier and more unusual themes for 2015 and since the 2nd February is Groundhog Day, we thought a Bill Murray night would be great fun.

“Our writers have really embraced the challenge so we’ve got a great mix of short plays inspired by the man himself as well as his filmography.”

Direction on the evening will come, as always, from Caitlin Skinner – taking a break from directing the tour of five-star, fringe first-winning Sanitise and Lung Ha’s forthcoming take on The Strange Case of Jekyll and Hyde.


Joining Sophie Good on writing duties are Louise E Knowles, Samuel Jameson – who will also be one of the performers – Jonathan Holt, Lisa Keddie and J.A. Sutherland. The other three script-in-hand performers will be Jamie Gordon, Belle Jones and Elspeth Turner.

The big question though, is how much the writers know of their subject. To test them, and the audience, VPT are bringing in a very pub-orientated innovation to their theatre.

Sophie Good adds: “Because everyone loves a pub quiz, we also have a quick fire round to test your knowledge of Bill Murray trivia pitting our writers against audience. What more could you ask for £3 on a cold February Monday?”

What more, indeed. And excellent behaviour, it must be said – just so long as the tradition VPT home baking is still in evidence…


Bill Murray Night
Village Pub Theatre, The Village, 16 South Forth Street, Leith, EH6 4DN
Monday 2 February 2015
8pm (doors 7.30pm)
Tickets: £3 (on the door)
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