Pride and Premeditated Murder

The plot:

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a wicked man in the pursuit of a good fortune, might well steal, blackmail, and drive others to murder.

Captain Wreckham was such a man, and when his body is found at Austenbourn, the Bonnet family become hosts to a Georgian murder mystery.

The Cast:

Mrs. Bonnet – mistress of Austenbourn, the setting for the production
A fussy, over-anxious chatterbox, Mrs Bonnet exists in a permanently frenzied state of anxiety. She feeds on gossip and is guaranteed to be indiscreet.

Eliza Bonnet – daughter of Mrs. Bonnet, married to Theodore Noble
Known for her quick-witted humour and down-to-earth nature, Eliza is in her first year of marriage to Mr Noble and is happier than she ever thought possible.

Theodore Noble – wealthy aristocrat, married to Eliza, nephew of Lady Cressida
Socially awkward, stubborn and taciturn, Noble is not a party-person, preferring the company of a few, trusted friends. To those friends, however, he is entirely loyal, utterly dependable, outrageously generous, honourable, honest and trustworthy.

Charlie Splendid – wealthy aristocrat, married to Mrs. Bonnet’s eldest daughter, Joan
Pleasant and easy going, Charlie Splendid is not the sharpest tool in the box. A happy optimist, he tends to see the best in others and is generally loved by all as a nice chap.

Clarissa Splendid – aristocrat and socialite, Charlie’s sister
Feisty and flirtatious, Clarissa Splendid is a force to be reckoned with. She’s a woman who knows what she wants and who will use any means available to her to get her own way.

Reverend Algernon Peacock – vicar under Lady Cressida’s employ
Pompous and desperate to be noticed, Reverend Peacock lives to impress his benefactress, Lady Cressida de Ville. She is his God, essentially, and his worth lies in her opinion of him.

Lady Cressida de Ville – aristocratic employer of Rev. Peacock, Noble’s aunt
Lady Cressida de Ville is a fully fledged member of the aristocracy and takes great pride in it. She’s known for her temper and her expensive habit of throwing antique vases at those who make her angry.

Detective Inspector Frederick Lacey (Detective)
Detective Inspector Frederick Lacey is the detective sent to solve the case.  He provides the solution speech at the end of the evening.

 

How this format of game works

Multi-room events are designed to be run in multiple rooms in a venue and are a great way of showing off your premises, or getting maximum footfall through what would otherwise be too small a venue for a traditional murder mystery evening.

These events have proved very popular with the guests, as it encourages them to interrogate the suspects and locate clues hidden around the building.  There are usually seven to eight cast, one murder occurs before the evening and the crime scene is set up in one of the rooms in the venue.

We usually suggest a roving buffet as the guests move between rooms, but some venues prefer to have a formal two course meal mid-way through the evening.

Sample running order:

For these events guests require a special handout and a pen / pencil to keep track of information presented to them.

We usually suggest greeting all the guests at the door and providing them with a free welcome drink and special colour coded tickets which contain a unique circular order to avoid bottle necks.  A sample route is below.

GREEN TICKETS
7.15  Terrace Suite
7.40  Crime Scene
8.05 Conservatory
8.30 Function Room
8.55 Blue Room
9.20 Ball Room
9.45 Terrace Suite
10.15 Call for answer sheets
10.30 Solution  – Ball Room

Multi-room games are perfect for guest houses or big country mansions and work well in more unusual venues.  We can even tailor a game to include visiting suspects outside!

While we do have a selection of popular themes “ready to go” – we know from experience that these games work best if written for a venue.

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
This event features:

Content that may be suitable for ages 17 and older.
Including:

Murder - One murder has been undertaken, so violence is suggested.
Suggestive Themes - Mild provocative references or materials.
Drugs - mentioned. Nothing sordid, but in keeping with the period.
Cruelty to animals - a dog has died as part of the plot. Body outline only.

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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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