With the first modern sprung dance floor in Europe, and frequented by King George V, the Queen and royal consort, the Grand has the reputation as the place to be and be seen.
Centre of the tea dance culture, the Grand’s ballroom is brought to life with couples quickstepping and waltzing around its sumptuous surroundings.
But it seems the tea dances aren’t always attracting the most salubrious clientele, as this evening, the regular moonlight, dancing, love and romance has been disrupted by a murder. Charles Stone, leader of the Palm Court Orchestra is dead, his body discarded in a corner behind one of the many potted palms in the building.
The question is… who killed him?
Hugh Jousse – Son and sole heir of a wealthy estate owner
An aristocrat and friend of the Prince Regent, Hugh is a passionate man who enjoys the company of a good woman.
Holly Jockeystix – Socialite
Demure but with hidden depths, Holly Jockeysticks is a charming young lady and could be quite a catch for the right man.
Fifi Le Cancan – French singer
A stunningly attractive woman who has obtained a certain notoriety on the dance circuit, Fifi Le Cancan has a fabulous accent and a terrific figure.
Tom Bone – Jazz artist
A self-taught trumpet player, Tom Bone is a showman of pizzazz and his musical talents speak for themselves.
Dee Screet – Actress
A consummate actress and always billed as a woman of great beauty in any show she stars in, Dee Screet has an artistic temperament. Despite this, she can be exceedingly enchanting!
Si Furr – A gentleman of unknown depth.
Dashing and suave, Si Furr has an air of mystery about him and eyes that appear to see everything.
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.
Contents suitable for ages 13 and above.
Mentions of dubious relationship tangles (non sexual)