Murder at Curst Mansion – Large group script

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It is the roaring-twenties and the famous millionaire William Curst is hosting another decadent evening at his infamous mansion. However, the festivities are soon cut short when a local journalist, Oscar Tame, is found dead on the Curst property!

All the guests present are being considered as suspects and for good reason too – it appears that they all have something to hide! Everyone is desperately trying to implicate someone else in this gruesome event!

It is up to you to work out who is the guilty party. Who has forgotten to cover their tracks?

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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 inspector role is essential for the game to work. He/she facilitates the entire evening.

The other characters can be taken from the audience and briefed before game play starts, OR you can select a group to play your suspects in advance of the night and give them time to get fluent in their roles and answers.

The rest of the guests are fully included in the game as they’ll be asking questions throughout the night.

Essential Cast

Detective Gavin Alaugh – The policeman sent to solve the crime
Efficient in his own peculiar way, Detective Gavin Alaugh has an unusual method of solving crimes – he involves everyone!

William Curst – The Rich Man
In a smoking jacket with matching hat and slippers, William can’t fail to look impressive, especially with Carrie Onvamping on his arm.

Carrie Onvamping
– The Elegant Socialite
Carrie is never seen with a hair out of place. She’s always sporting the latest fashion, tonight wearing a sparkly flapper dress, matching headband and a fur shrug around her shoulders. She has an eye for older men and so she dresses to impress!

Lessie Smore – The Jazz Singer
Lessie loves to make an impression and is used to having men falling at her feet. And no wonder when she dresses in short flapper dresses and fishnet tights!

Al Capop – The Gangster
With his black suit and fancy hat, Al Capop looks like a man not to be messed with.

Alice Sedd – The Bigshot Publicist
A smart woman with a smart mouth, Alice upholds her fierce reputation by dressing in a conservative skirt and shirt – with a notebook in her top pocket of course.

Lois Bong – The High-flying Journalist
Lois Bong dresses to kill! A brightly coloured flapper dress combined with high heels shows she means business, although you can see her teetering on her shoes if you look closely…

Additional characters in the 9 cast game:

Rudolph Maraschino – Sexy Italian Actor
A tanned chest exposed by an open shirt tucked into black trousers is the look of this suave actor, although who he is trying to impress is often under question.

Fatty Beltbuckle – The Failed Actor
Looking rather worse for wear with shabby clothing, leaves in his hair and a rapidly emptying hip flask, Fatty bulges at the seams, quite literally!

Additional characters in the 11 cast game:

Mary Pickmas – America’s Sweetheart
Mary has just recently fallen from grace and is struggling to get back on her feet. She tries to keep up-to-date with the latest fashion’s but her faded flapper dress and ripped tights suggest that she no longer has the luxury she was once used to.

Hardy Happenen – The Inventor
A clumsy and foolish inventor with a head for trouble, Hardy is never seen without a grimy lab coat and a slightly startled hairstyle.

Additional characters in the 13 cast game:

Grace Vanderpant – The Rich Aristocrat
Grace is from a family of money and it shows, not only in her long, elegant dresses and extravagant jewellery but also in her disapproving attitude.

Major Vanderpant – The Major
The Major wears his well-earned medals proudly on his chest and never misses an opportunity to discuss his many achievements.

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.

Purchase Options

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.
Comic Mischief - Depictions or dialogue involving slapstick or suggestive humor.
Mature Themes - Affairs and homosexuality mentioned. Also provocative references or materials and sexual innuendo. Acting as if attracted to particular characters is suggested in the character backgrounds.


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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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