Murder at St Martin’s College

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It is the yearly reunion dinner at St. Martin’s college. An annual event which draws in the graduates from ten years ago to celebrate their achievements and the continued accomplishments of St. Martin’s College.

Giving the introductory speech, as he has every year, is Headmaster John Trevelyan; but with the kitchens keen to serve, and John still absent, his deputy takes over the preliminary address; only to have his warm introductions cut short when the staff member sent to enquire about the headmaster’s whereabouts returns screaming!

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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:


Detective Inspector I. B. Clueless
– The policeman sent to solve the crime
Efficient in his own peculiar way, Ian Buchanan Clueless has an unusual method of solving crimes – he involves everyone! If anything he is more like a bungling detective than a methodical one, but it has to be said, he does get results.

Dr. Ian Kennedy – Deputy Head
Slightly untidy, with a peculiar quirky nature brought about by being in contact with too many broken mercury thermometers, Ian Kendall is a bit of a live wire. He looks like he’s had a few too many run-ins with a Van der graph generator and his hair is stuck out at peculiar angles.

Peter Cox
– Rowing Master.
Slightly snobby, but dashing, fit, full of energy and vigour, Peter Cox could be considered a bit of a lady’s man.

Madame Eva Shallot
– French Mistress
Eva Shallot has been working at the college for many years and is single. She is very beautiful and attracts many admirers, both among the staff and the pupils.

Joshua Bass – Head Boy
Joshua Bass was head boy in the class of 1993. He is wealthy, and has a very upper class accent. Since leaving St Martin’s he has gone from strength to strength in business and regularly donates to the upkeep of St. Martins.

Felicity Smyth
– Head Girl.
Felicity Smyth was head girl in 1993. She has always been a bit of a tearaway and after leaving college went into punk music in a big way. She is now lead singer in the “wailing cats”; a group which has achieved notoriety if not success.

Flora Percival – Dinner Lady
In apron and catering hat Flora has worked with dedication at St. Martin’s for her entire life.

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.
Invitations
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

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This game is rated Teen
This game contains:

Content that may be suitable for ages 13 and older.

Including:
Murder - Two murders have been undertaken, so violence is suggested. One murder occurs during the game.
Suggestive Themes - Mild provocative references or materials, with two men persuing one lady (no sexual content).

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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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