An Award Night Fright!

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Each year, actors and actresses, directors, scriptwriters and producers wait eagerly for their Silver Screen nominations and subsequent invitation to the Silver Screen Awards Festival. This year has been no exception.

First up are the nominations for Best Director. However – it looks like nothing is going to go “all right on the night” Award Nominee Steven Speilsman is dead!

The press is having a field day and there is no doubt in their mind that his death is the result of foul play – murder to be exact!

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The Cast:

Detective Inspector Beverly Hills
– The police officer sent to solve the crime
Efficient in her own peculiar way, Beverly Hills has an unusual method of solving crimes – she involves everyone! (This part can be played by the person who plays Tom Spanks and the character name changed to “Bobby Wood” if preferred.)

Mike Rafone
– Compere
Tall, dark and handsome, Mike enjoys the limelight and likes play to the cameras. He is a chatty conversationalist but not a flirt. He has eyes only for one woman, namely Kate Windswept.

Tom Spanks – Director
A womaniser and egotistical, Tom Spanks likes to throw his weight around and doesn’t take “no” for an answer. He likes to order people around and is very aware of his V.I.P. status and likes others to know too.

Goldie Pawn – Actress
Blonde, short and narcissistic, Goldie is only interested in herself and in her fame. She flirts with any men she thinks will give her a role in a movie and likes to get her face in front of the camera as often as possible.

Uma Turnon – Actress
Tall, beautiful and elegant, Uma is a natural star with an excellent figure.

Kate Windswept
– Compere’s glamorous assistant.
Beautiful, glamorous and poised, Kate is a natural on stage if a little naive off it.

Meg Tryin
– Runner
Used to working behind the scenes, Meg is uncomfortable, but delightful in her fancy frock. Meg enjoys her work and is very sociable and chatty. She has been tasked with the job of making sure all the directors are catered for and has been keeping busy running ensuring the evening runs smoothly.

Never run a large group mystery before? Then don’t panic!

This format of game is ideal for novice hosts.

This particular game format requires 7 (or 8) cast who can also participate as “detectives” to if wished, use of 1 large room with stage area, and a few easy to obtain prop clues.

This mystery requires very little rehearsal time, and the cast do not need to learn any lengthy back story. Cast can usually manage to perform the short skits after just 30 minutes to an hour run through on the day, or can act “script in hand” throughout the performance.

Two murders occurs during the event. Usually one happens before the first script (and is announced within that script, and one occurs mid way through the evening.

Your guests will play the role of detectives. You can have any number of detectives, your only limit is the size of your room, and confidence of your cast. Performing for large groups over 100 in number, your cast may benefit from added sound support.

The audience will watch 2 fully acted scenes, witness two murders and will be required to solve the case by bartering and exchanging clues between the teams in order to see as much information about the case as possible.

This style of murder mystery usually works best with 40+ guests.

This murder mystery game includes:

Instructions for running this murder mystery.
Scripts for each round
Table Clues A and B
Guest instructions and Answer Sheet
Making the most of your theme- ideas for decoration / activities
Money off voucher towards next purchase

3 reviews for An Award Night Fright!

  1. Another great night… an excellent script… straightforward and easy to follow. With advice and help from Jo we were able to adapt the storyline to run an event for over 120 guests. Once again the cast were excellent in their individual roles and kept everyone guessing until the final round, making sure everyone had a great time. Our next event is already sold out with many guests planning to attend again. As a fund raiser it was perfect, helped to raise money for a worthwhile charity. It can easily be adapted for a staff awards night Many thanks Jo for your help… looking forward to the next one already

  2. A great fun night – what a great laugh and we all got dressed up in posh frocks and DJ’s

  3. Everyone was drawn together by intrigue and excitement on our Award Night Fright evening! The conversation and wine flowed freely and yet we were all still able to fully participate in the game, thanks to the excellent skills of the author. What a fantastic evening we all thoroughly enjoyed being able to dress up to keep in theme for this game, which made it even more exciting. When are we organising another one guys?????

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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.

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Earn up to 169 Loyalty Points.

This game is rated Mature
This game contains:

Content that may be suitable for ages 17 and older.

Mature Humor - Depictions or dialogue involving "adult" humor, including sexual references and innuendo
Sexual Themes - Depictions of complex relationships. Provocative references and materials, references to extra marital affairs, love tangles and sexual favours for acting advancement.
Murder - Two murders have been undertaken, so violence is suggested. One murder occurs during the game. One additional murder is also referred to in the game materials.


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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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