“Murder at the Grand”

1st August 2020

7.30 pm (UK Time)

Join us for our premiere of the mystery “Murder at the Grand”.  All profits from this show are being given to charity.

Experience the fun as our live virtual interactive theatre is brought directly to your living room via zoom!  This event is suitable for teens to adults and is raising money for Charity!  So join us and do invite your friends!

 

 

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Tickets cost just £6 per household – with profits being split between the different charities being supported by this show.

THE STORY SO FAR…

Seven long months have passed since the terrible tragedy of the Valentine’s Day Massacre.

Al Scapone, Godfather of the infamous Scapone family, who were suspected of being behind the St Valentine’s day hit, has now himself been found dead in his office at his own club known as “The Grand”.

There’s no doubt Al Scapone has enemies, but it seems his murder may have been perpetrated by someone close to him, rather than by a rival gang.  The question is who?

Gather your friends and family for some Charity fundraising fun!

If you haven’t gathered a team yet, then tell your friends to grab their platform shoes ready to join us for the event!  They better be quick about it if they want to join you – our events sell out fast!!

Fancy dress optional – but if you’re coming on screen during the show – we would love to see you themed up! 

What will you need on the night?

You don’t “need” anything – but you may want to have:
– a notebook and pen to hand
– some snacks and drinks 
– a team to help you solve the case.  Whether it’s just your family, or a group of friends on another video chat.

Remember – Zoom gets a bit cranky if you try to do too many things at once at the same time – so it’s a good idea to assemble your posse on another group ap e.g. Facebook messenger, houseparty, or whatsapp or have another member of the family signed into their zoom account separate to yours so you can discuss the case between all your friends as you as you go along.

If you think you’ll want to ask a question live – make sure you know how to work your webcam and have an operational mic.


How long will the evening last?


We’re aiming to wrap up within 2 hours.  So make sure you give yourself enough time in to play and don’t have another place to be!

Meet the Suspects:

RICK OTTA – Al’s right hand man

Rick has worked in the gang since he was a teenager and has gradually worked his way up through the ranks to become one of Al’s most trusted lieutenants.  He’s intelligent and reliable, and keen eyed.

Rick’s the type of man who never trusts anyone until they’ve proven themselves.  That said, once you have Rick’s trust, he’s an incredibly loyal and dependable ally and friend.

Al doesn’t have any sons of his own, and has always treated Rick as the son he never had.  Rumour within the gang is that Rick will be the one to take over with Al gone.

SHERRY SHIMMY – Al’s Mol

Sherry Shimmy has been working at the club for nearly 3 years and has been Al’s mol for 18 months.  It is easy to see why she caught Al’s eye as she’s strikingly good looking, always provocatively dressed and has a very sensual way of moving.

Al is several years older then she is, but she’s always seemed happy with him, but then, what girl wouldn’t be, when they have Al’s protection, status and money!   Sherry would have been living very well as Al’s mol.

She’s always been a very popular act at the club, and while Al get’s jealous from time to time over her admirers, he’s always allowed her to keep the flowers that arrive at her dressing room.

TONI CALZONE – “Muscles” in the gang.

Toni was raised by the gang.  He has never been what anyone would describe as “sharp” – but he’s reliable and dependable and very loyal.

Described as the brawn of the outfit, Toni certainly doesn’t have the brains to plan anything, but he’s very capable with his hands to carry out all manner of tasks assigned to him and has a passion for concrete boots.

He has a passionate Italian disposition, and swings between an almost contagious bonhomie and a smouldering dangerous anger.

LINDY HOPP – Performer

Lindy joined the club just three months ago as a singer after an audition.  She’s used to working on stage and has a very provocative dress sense and attitude, and it’s always been a surprise to all that she hasn’t already got a steady boyfriend.

Scuttlebutt in the club is that she’s aiming for the top, and has aspirations to be Al’s Mol.

Lindy has always been very cagey about her past and her life outside of work.

NICKY DE’LOTT – Al’s accountant

Nicky De’Lott is Al’s accountant.  He’s not well liked within the club by the bar staff or the girls, who keep their distance from him as much as they can.

He is a financial whiz, but is not very good with his own money.  He’s always trying to chat up the waiting staff and the stage girls, but as yet, he’s not had any steady girlfriend.  The bar staff refer to him as a sleaze ball when he’s out of earshot.

Nicky has a weakness for gambling and booze and rumour has it he’s lost a lot of money at the craps tables in recent weeks.

ANN MARETTO – Al’s Niece

Since Ann’s father died Al has taken over the role of the father figure in her life and with no children of his own, he has been known to spoil Ann from time to time with gifts and shows of affection.

Ann is young, full of energy, lively, flamboyant and a real flirt.  She’s always loved the attention of men, and this has always worried Al who kept a strict eye on who she is dating and ensures that certain “undesirable men” are warned off.

She’s a frequent visitor to the club as she like the atmosphere and the status she has as Al’s niece.

Frequently Asked Questions

Over the course of an hour and a half we will be presenting a murder mystery play to you live on air.

Yes! It’s live rather than recorded.  This means whatever happens, happens!  It also means you can interact with the cast during the performance by asking questions via the text chat and they will respond to you!

There are three options available to you as viewers.  You can ask a question (formal) you can chat via text chat to other guests and the cast.  And you can “raise your hand” which we will ask you to do at the end when we get to “free style questions!”

The evening will break naturally into three sections.  With two sets of pictorial evidence to review and three scenes where the cast share information with you.  We will have two comfort break pauses and some time for you to draw some conclusions of your own at the end.

There will also be a live questioning session for serious sleuths who want to join us on the video feed to pose their own questions towards the end of the evening.  We probably won’t be able to get everyone up – but if you want that chance – do make sure you’re dressed appropriately and that you have a webcam and mic that both work.

No – don’t worry – no one else can see you.  If you want to sit in your pajamas stuffing your face with Ben and Jerries ice-cream – no one will be any the wiser!

HOWEVER – there will come a point in the evening where we will be inviting people who are interested in being live on air to join us to ask questions.  And if you think you’d like to do that, then be sure you’re dressed appropriately to the theme and sporting a great accent!  We’d love to see you in costume!  (Though it’s not compulsory!)

We will be asking for guesses at the end via a poll (that’s another thing you can do in the audience).  Obviously when we run events live this is all rather more exciting as there are prizes too – but for the virtual performances we simply can’t do that so we use the poll to see how many of you guess right, and then provide the solution at the end.

It’s very difficult creating an audience feel when we’re all in isolation.  But we really encourage you to build an audience of your own by getting friends along to the same event.

You will be able to chat openly via the text chat with people from other houses and other countries, but you don’t want to be revealing your hidden ideas like that – instead what we’d suggest is that you gather a group of friends via another chat medium like whatsapp, houseparty, googlehangouts or facebook messenger, or even have another device signed into a different zoom account so the two don’t contradict each other while the webinar is working.

By assembling a “posse” of your own in this way you get the experience of being in an audience as you’ll be able to chat with each other while the performance is acting out in front of you.  It’s also a fun thing to do together.

Sadly not – the links are unique.  They’re also unique to the email you used to sign up.  So if you have another zoom account in a different email address make sure you uninstall zoom and reinstall it fresh before you try to access the webinar.

We often get a few people who can’t sign in as they signed up with a different email address or tried to get two people in on one ticket.  Zoom gets really cranky if it thinks others are trying to access the private webinar.

Tickets sell out really quickly for our events, so if you want to collect some friends to play with – make sure you get them to sign up to the same event as you quickly!

Tickets are sold “per household” if you’re both in the same house and plan to watch the show on the same PC you only need 1 ticket.

Friends outside your house do need to sign up directly themselves to access the webinar. 

If you want to pay for your friends ticket – you can do – just use their email on registration – and pay using your Paypal account.  They’ll then get their own email to join!

We would recommend you try signing in from at least 7.15pm. This gives you 15 minutes to do some trouble shooting.

Troubleshooting tips…

If you have issues getting onto the zoom webinar there are a few things it could be…

1) your zoom account may not be the same one you used to sign up – you will need to ensure you sign in with an account linked to the email you signed up and paid with. Sometimes people have two zoom accounts, or have the ap already installed and it confuses zoom if you have a different account registered to a different email address. If you aren’t sure, try uninstalling zoom, before clicking on the link in the email and redownloading the software.   That way there’ll be no cookies causing issues for you.

2) zoom might just be “having a moment” and sometimes if you simply restart your PC it fixes the zoom ap.  This happens ALL THE TIME!  It’s not somethign we can fix, and we’ve no idea why turning the PC off and on helps. But it usually fixes it!  That’s one of the reasons we suggest signing in early!  It gives you a window to restart your PC.

3) you may have “shared” your ticket email with a friend. If you have, and they’ve signed in before you with that link then they have your place! Sorry – but that’s how it works. Every person needs their own ticket.

4) You might need a password – the password is provided in the invitation email.  If you haven’t got it or can’t find it on the night – look there.  It’s often located on that email in plain text near the link.

5) Try accessing the webinar on a different device. But make sure you shut the first device down before you do so the webinar doesn’t think you’re still in and trying access it twice.

If none of the above works – you can try calling us on +44 7985953768 

I’m afraid we won’t answer the phone after 7.30 pm. As at that point we’ll be working all the tech.
We’ll ask you to try option 1 and 2 and 5 above. And other than that – we probably won’t have any other bright ideas – as the software is run by Zoom not us. So we probably won’t be able to help… but you never know… 

If you can’t get in after several attempts and miss the event do let us know by email and we’ll refund your ticket after we’ve checked the zoom attendees list for the webinar. If someone else signed in with your account, the webinar will log their attendance.