A Christmas Cruel

The Plot:

Christmas in Victorian London. Snow, gas lamps, snow ball throwing ragamuffins in woollen scarves wrapped as tight as tight can be, purveyors of hot roasted chestnuts and more carol singers than you can pack into St Pauls just roaming the streets trilling about the joys of the season.

Only the most miserly would hate this time of year. It is, as they say, the season to be jolly, fa la la la la, la la, la la.

The problem is… despite the festivities and the warmth of Christmas cheer abounding in the streets it seems someone had murder on their mind.

Barley was dead to begin with…. There’s no doubt whatsoever about that. The question is – who killed him?

The Cast:

We always provide two cast with participative murder mysteries.  To facilitate and lead the guests through the plot.
The roles of the cast vary depending on the genders of the cast we use.  Typically you’ll have one “inspector” type role, and one supporting character who may pose as a waitress/waiter, a member of the general public or an assistant detective.
The cast will start the evening by selecting members of the audience to become the evening’s suspects and briefing them on their role within the evening.  Sometimes, the cast are pre-selected by the party who book us.  Both work well.

 The suspects your audience become:

Dusty Gifts – the Ghost of Christmas Past

A slightly androgynous character of varying size and shape, the only thing you can be sure of, is that you’re haunted!

 

Lotta Wrappin – The Ghost of Christmas Present

Full of jolly cheer, and totally into decoration of any type, Lotta is a joy to be around if a little sore on the eyes.

 

Ena Whyle – The Ghost of Christmas Future

Somewhat intense and not a little disturbing, Ena Whyle loves her long cloaks and rarely shows her face.

 

Wanda Scratchitt – Ivan’s Fiancée

A comely but not unattractive woman, Wanda spends a lot of time engaged in domestic tasks and looking out for her bethrothed.

 

Ivan Itch – Junior office Clerk (well, only office clerk)

Struggling to make ends meet, Ivan dresses as smartly as he can in regularly mended hand-me-downs of varying size.

 

Bill Sarhuge – Jacob Barley’s business partner

A wealthy white haired miser, Bill’s clothes are extremely worn and nearly as old as he is.

 

 How this format of game works

A participative murder mystery evening is an evening with a difference.

Rather than going out for a meal and being “entertained” by our professional team of actors,  here YOU are the suspects!

Participative murder mysteries are great fun for those who love to “ham it up”. If you are chosen as a suspect on the evening you’ll be given your character booklet for the night which will contain any lines you must deliver.  You’ll also be given information that your character knows about other suspects and background information you will be revealing about your character throughout the evening.  If you need any props we’ll provide them too, all you need to do is turn up, in costume and be prepared for a great night out!

You will be led through the mystery by an inspector, who will be providing you with case information as the evening progresses, as well as helping you all to get in the mood. At the end of the night the inspector will also deliver a summary before you have to guess which of you did the dirty deed. Finally, at the end of the evening, the inspector will reveal all by providing the solution and arresting the guilty party! (Don’t worry – all arrested guests are returned!)

A typical evening runs like this:

7.00pm – Arrive at your venue. Have a drink at the bar and admire each others’ costumes. Depending on the mystery plot you might also be greeted by the “soon to be deceased”. Your character booklets will be provided as you arrive to give you time to “get in character” and if you are chosen as a suspect as part of a larger gathering then you will also be briefed.

7.40pm – The murder is announced! (usually by a scream!)

7.45pm – The inspector arrives and announces the mystery. You will be asked to introduce yourselves.

7.55pm – You are escorted through to your dining table for your first course.

8.10pm – You will led into the first round of evidence gathering, questions and answers.

8.35pm – The inspector will provide more information and you will be served by your main course.

8.50pm – You will led into the second round of evidence gathering, questions and answers.

9. 15pm – The inspector will provide more information and you will be served by your dessert course.

9. 30pm – You will led into the third round of evidence gathering, questions and answers.

9.45pm – You will be served with coffee. The inspector will provide a summary and ask you to provide any concluding statements before guessing “who did it”.

10.00pm – The solution is provided.

If you’d like to book us to run this murder mystery event for you – please contact us using the form below.

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This event is rated Mature
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This evening is suitable for ages 17 and over.
The plot contains references to brothels, paying for sex, unwanted pregnancy, and some dead animals!

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We contacted Red-Herring-Games for a party for a special occasion. Why going to restaurants to eat is the preferred activity to mark milestones is beyond me and my friends.   The choice of mystery was obvious, looking at the options from New Zealand on the web Red Herring stuck out from the international options.  A quick look at the site and games showed subtlety as well a range of choices.  The numbers you could have for each evening was important,  Red Herring had scaling options a good range of scenarios but most importantly were Jo and team being flexible, responsive and helpful.

Rachel McWilliam, Arts Development Officer, Lincs Inspire

Thank you Red Herring Games for the marvellous 'Murder!  Cargo Connections?' event that you organised for us as part of Museums at Night at the Fishing Heritage Centre in Grimsby. The whole evening went so well and was brilliant fun.  I know from all the feedback that our visitors had a fantastic time. It was really good working with you and I have no doubt that we will do again in the not too distant future.  

A. Nonymous (council employee)

I would like to thank you and your colleague for helping contribute towards our successful conference last month.  Everyone really seemed to enjoy the evening and it was rewarding that so many delegates were able to participate in addition to the main "Actors".  Our conference evaluation froms included the following comments:
  • "Enjoyed the evening entertainment!"
  • The evening entertainment was great and the confusion made it great fun!"
With thanks and best wishes.

Sarah Spencer (Cleethorpes Chronicle)

I had no idea what to expect before purchasing a ticket for Old, New, Borrowed, Blue, which was being staged at a nearby hotel, and feared it might involve taking part in some way. However thankfully for me no acting was necessary, just some amateur sleuthing. "Wedding guests" of which I was one, were called upon to move from room to room in the hotel in groups, questioning a number of possible murderers with the aim of solving the mystery of the dead bridegroom. The interviewees were really fun characters and gave us all some good laughs. Of course they all had motives and it was a case of identifying the shiftiest. The wedding theme was particularly good, as it fitted well with the venue, the buffet that was part of the evening (with a wedding cake in the middle) and the fact that everyone had been able to dress up to fit in without going to the trouble of fancy dress. I didn't think I had enough "evidence" to actually accuse anyone but later regretted not even writing down my first guess as it wouldn't have been too far off the mark. The evening was great fun and everyone seemed to enjoy it and take part. I would definitely recommend Old, New, Borrowed, Blue as good for getting even reluctant or first-time mystery party-goers involved.  

Alan Young (Personal Touch Mortgages)

What a cracking nights entertainment! We don't get out much nowadays with 2 kids and this was exactly what we were looking for in a good night out. Lots of fun with tongue firmly in cheek and everyone kept guessing whodunnit right to the very end. Would definitely attend another!!!!!  

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