A Christmas Carol Catastrophe

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Christmas in a traditional country village. What could be nicer? A smattering of snow, a happy festive band of carollers, an after singing party in a cosy warm country home with a roaring open fire and a bubbling pot of mulled wine.

Unfortunately, this seasonal good-will-to-all-men came to an abrupt and rather gruesome end this evening when the body of Ivor Kracker was discovered in a bloody mess on the floor of the lounge.

One of the jolly carol singers is responsible for this tragedy, but the question is… who?

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We can customise this game.  However, sadly we do have to charge for this service as even minor customisations take between 1-2 hours to process in the office and we need to buy toilet roll and biscuits as much as the next person…

It’s hard to give “ball park” figures for what different customisations would cost however we’ve attempted to HERE.

Remember… if you just need 1 extra person, or 1 less person, why not add in the inspector as your extra guest.  The inspector can usually be male or female as the “for real” inspector can simply invent a new name for themselves.

Some hosts prefer to play the inspector role as it means they can work on the catering while the round plays out amongst their guests.

The Cast:

Ava Kracker (Wife of the deceased)
Grief-stricken by her husband’s recent murder, Ava is not her usual cheery shop assistant self that everyone knows and loves.

Carole Singer (Convenience store owner)
Extremely organised and particular, Carole is on several committees in the village and fully engaged in the community.

Chris Tingle (Local Vet)
Good with animals and people, Chris is a popular man about the village and is very good at making people feel at ease.

Donna Blitzen (Local Farmer)
Strong and attractive, Donna has managed the farm since her husband died and is not afraid of hard work.

Gaye Buntin
(District Nurders)
Efficient and extremely capable, Gaye is a big advocate of the ‘tough love’ approach so don’t expect any mollycoddling!

Noel Nowell (Owner of the local coach company)
Well turned out and a respected pillar of the local community, Noel has a strong work ethic and a disciplined mind.

Rudolph Snoze (Landlord of the Glitterin’ Star)
Jovial, convivial and with strong arms from pulling pints, Rudolph is well liked within the village and just the man for a gossip and a joke..

Detective Inspector Holly Bush (Detective)
Detective Inspector Holly Bush is the detective sent to solve the case. She provides the solution speech at the end of the evening.

How this format of large group script 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.

The instructions document (the sample file attached) contains the details of the physical clues you will need to obtain for the evening – these are usually easy to obtain props, and some games have paper clues within them too.

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

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

The scripts are, in the main, monologues which means they can be learned ahead of the event by the actors. Two actors will share a duologue.

Due to the nature of these events, and the need for each guest to have a hand-out, we will only print one copy of each file when ordered as a printed kit. If you wish further copies of the guest handout – please get in touch so we can find out how many copies you need and provide you with a quote.

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This game is rated Teen
This game contains:

Content that may be suitable for ages 13 and older.
Including:
Murder - One murder has been undertaken, so violence is suggested.
Suggestive Themes - Mild provocative references or materials.
Sexual themes - hints at marital affairs (no one is engaged in any but the suggestion is there they might be), several murders in the past are revealed. Unhappy relationships at home between spouses. Two cast members are divorced. One cast member is pregnant (ligitimately so).

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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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