Short notice murder mystery nights – Don’t Panic! We can help!

Very often we are called in at very short notice to deliver a murder mystery evening.  This could be because a venue has been let down by another supplier, or could be because a team building event has had to cancel due to bad weather, or even just that the customers were late confirming what they wanted to do.

Very few companies can provide short-notice murder mystery evenings, either because they require rehearsal or because they only have one team of actors who can work in a given area.  Fortunately we are able to help, and have done, with as little as 3 days notice, because we work with a variety of actors around the UK and have more than one team trained up to deliver a specific type of plot suitable for “late notice” murder mystery nights!

While many of our formats require rehearsal of actors, we do have one murder mystery format that requires very little in terms of acting preparation, which makes it an ideal choice for late notice evenings.

Interestingly – this format of game is rapidly becoming one of our most popular styles of mystery, with hotels and guests actually preferring this style to the more traditional fully acted variety, because of reduced acting costs, and the increased level of audience involvement throughout the evening.

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So what can you expect from us at short notice?

Firstly – our events are still professional!  Just because it’s short notice to you – doesn’t mean it’s slap-dash.  Far from it!  We actually do a vast amount of preparation at head office to create these events.  All our print materials are in full colour, and professionally printed, we arrive with everything we need to run the night, including photographic evidence, guest hand outs, notebooks and pens, even prize packs and certificates.

On the evening we recruit our “actors” from amongst your guests.  We need a minimum of 6 guests from the audience who will deliver lines during the evening, and over the course of the night, everyone gets involved, as questions will be given to other guests within the room in order to “quiz” the suspects, and everyone gets to handle and discuss the evidence and interact with our “detectives” who are present to facilitate the entire evening.

We work throughout your meal, requiring 15-20 minute breaks between courses to proceed with the investigation.  Typical evenings will run from 7.30pm – 10.30pm over a three course meal.

What are our number limits?  Well, because we ask the guests to do the talking, we do ask that you limit numbers to a maximum of 80 guests.  This is purely for sound.  You can’t ask the general public to speak into microphones, as that adds a whole new level of intimidation on the evening, but also, an added cost as you would need 3 microphones on the go all night as a minimum, and an additional member of cast to help as a “runner”.

However if you have numbers over 80 there are always options!  We have run the same event in two rooms simultaneously when numbers have exceeded the maximum, and we’ve sometimes hired in extra actors to replace the “guest roles” so that there are no sound support concerns.  (Actors are generally used to throwing their voice and/or happy to use microphones.)

We’re regularly booked for this style of event throughout the year, and we have one hotel who contracts us annually, with a years notice to take advantage of a custom written plot.

Participative Murder mystery nights are a popular format, and when you get let down – they really come into their own.

Been let down by a murder mystery supplier?  Need a murder mystery night at short notice?  Let us help!


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Flexible and fun!

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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