Bump Off at the Grind – Large group script

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Welcome, one and all, to Burlesque!  A world of bumps, grinds, teases, corsets, lash extensions, pouts, stage lighting and smoke awaits you!  Nothing is what it seems here and everyone has a gimmick.  Some showing a little more, other’s showing a little less, with fans, umbrellas, wings, balloons, glitter and other accessories adding to the erotic mystique that make up Burlesque!

Pin-up glamour, steampunk, erotic gothic and rockabilly fashion all sit comfortably together in The Grind, the city’s best known burlesque venue.  The troupe are all dressed up and ready to go!

Unfortunately for everyone, this evening’s entertainment has had to be cancelled.  Ivor Merkin, the owner of The Grind, has been found dead in the girl’s dressing room amidst all the feathers, pasties, tit tape and fans.  With the backstage area only accessible to the dancers, bar staff and other troupe members, someone here clearly had more than teasing on their mind when they arrived this afternoon.  The question is… who?

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Suspects in the 7 player game

Rosie Cheeks – Stage Kitten
Bright and bashful, Rosie brings a fairy tale look to her corset and skirts.

Snappy O’Shea
– Comper
Lithe and tempting, Snappy has a clear voice and is just the girl you need to work up an enthusiastic audience.

Foxy La Flash
– Photographer
Foxy has legs to die for. She is never without her camera and steampunk accessories.

Scarlett Von Rouge
– Wardrobe Cat
Red-headed and feisty, Scarlett has an eye for detail and is a whizz with pasty glue.

Gillian Tease
– Bartender
Tempting and stylish, Gillian opts for a Rockabilly look.

Kitty LaMuff
– French cabaret act
With legs and can-can frills, Kitty has a French accent and a frivolous charm.

Suspects in the 9 player game

Penny Sweets – Candy Vendor
Never without her vending tray, vodka jelly shots and change, Penny is tempting and truly scrumptious all by herself.

Havanna Hurricane
– Guest Performer
The Marylyn Munroe of burlesque, Havanna is always in demand and dresses to show off her buxom figure.

Suspects in the 11 player game

Miss Demeanour – Security
Fond of black catsuits, and never without a set of cuffs to round up the rowdy, Miss Demeanour is not a girl to mess with.

Bella Von Kiss
– Singer
Big and beautiful, Bella Von Kiss makes the most of her natural curves and is truly tantalising on stage.

Suspects in the 13 player game

Fanny Delight – Ticket collector
Athletic and very able to cavort energetically around the stage, Fanny is a Delight by name and delight by nature!

Vontessa Marietta
– Historic themed Act
With her mediaeval-styled corset and hair, Vontessa is a passionate woman who likes to dominate.

These games require 7-13 cast and involve the rest of the audience by getting them to ask pre-set questions – which are provided to them on paper by the inspector at the start of each round.

They run in a similar way to a dinner party, so are an ideal first choice for novice hosts and acing teams with little or no experience running large scale events.

These games work best as a sit down event with 6-12 tables of guests, with a suspect on each table.

As a rough guide these mysteries take approximately 2-3 hours to complete with a three course meal.

During the game the audience will listen to five short sets of dialogue from the cast and pose pre-scripted questions (which the cast answer with pre-scripted answers). There are three rounds which can be evenly spread throughout the night or, if preferred, the question and answer rounds can be bunched together into one large round.

At the end of the final round the guests are given time to decide who is the murderer, and once the guests have decided who did it, how and why (i.e. the murderer and motive) they will complete the answer sheet and hand it in.

How these games usually run.

Introductory Round: Introductions by the cast and the facilitator “inspector character”.
Rounds 1, 2 and 3: Scripted dialogue from the cast, followed by pre-set questions and answers.
Concluding Statements and solution: conclusions by the cast and denouement from the inspector.

There is one “inspector character” who acts as facilitator during the event and is essential to the cast.

Reducing the cast size will reduce the length of time required to solve the mystery.


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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 174 Loyalty Points.

This game is rated Mature
This game contains:

content that may be suitable for persons ages 17 and older.

A murder - violence suggested.
Alcohol Reference - Reference to and/or images of alcoholic beverages.
Mature themes - sexual affairs, illegitimate children, date rape drugs
Comic Mischief - Depictions or dialogue involving slapstick or suggestive humour.
Suggestive Themes - Strong provocative references or materials and sexual innuendo.


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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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