Come and see us at the Agatha Christie Festival 2015

How exciting!

We’ve been asked to write the murder mystery evening for the International Agatha Christie Festival which is celebrating the 125th year of the best selling crime author!

It’s not our first custom request, and it certainly won’t be our last, but it’s definitely the most exciting booking this year, and quite an honour.

The Agatha Christie Festival website is now up and live, and there’s lots going on all week, so if anyone fancied a trip to the Devon Riviera in September, you better get your skates on as it’s an incredibly popular week and attracts a lot of International visitors.
The booking was only confirmed last week, and the writing process has just started out, with some questions and some ideas being thrashed around as I type.

We have a “brief” to work to, but we still need to establish the parameters.

Like all custom requests there’s always a questionnaire to run through including:

  1. How many actors
  2. How many rooms
  3. How many guests
  4. Preferred themes
  5. Any specific history to include
  6. Any specific topics to avoid
  7. Artistic license… yes or no!

Tickets are now on sale through the festival website, and what I can tell you is that the event will be one of our most popular styles of murder mystery – the multi-room style.  Where guests can fully immerse themselves into the role of detectives, handling clues and interrogating witnesses.

The next few months are going to be incredibly busy in the office as, as well as the Agatha Christie Festival, we have another three new murder mystery event scripts to write before Christmas 2015!  All fingers to the keyboards!

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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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