Murder in the Grotto!

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MurderintheGrotto

Christmas is well on its way and the Regent hotel is full of festive cheer.

In the hotel lobby Santa is in his grotto, packing up for the night and consuming his complimentary festive snack, and everything seems right with the world.

But it doesn’t last.

The peace and silence of the hotel is broken abruptly when one of the waiting staff returns screaming and annouces loudly to all that SANTA IS DEAD!

(This is a Fawlty Towers theme)

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2 reviews for Murder in the Grotto!

  1. Another great evening spent with a Red Herring Game. We enjoyed our first Christmas meal of the season and had some very interesting discussions on possible murderers & motives! Lots of fun swapping (& hiding) clues with other teams – once again a really good atmosphere amongst the group.

  2. Being a first-timer to murder mysteries I wasn’t very clued up on what to do, however the game was very well written and laid out so i soon found myself in the swing of things!! The clues where superb and it was great fun finding out new ones and swapping information with the other groups. The night was a great success! Thank you!!

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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.

Mr John Dove – Hotel Manager
Tall and melodramatic, John Dove is energetic and always mixed up in hotel business. He is dominated by his wife Phyllis, and is always saying “Yes dear” to everything she says, but doing his own thing anyway behind her back. He usually wears a suit at work, although his appearance is often dishevelled, something Phyllis is usually correcting!

Mrs Phyllis Dove – Manageress and John’s wife.
Efficient, precise and domineering, Phyllis is a force to be reckoned with. She runs a tight ship, bossing around all her staff and her husband. She is usually in a smart dress with her hair, if long, in a tight bun.

Cathy Hunt
– Waitress
Cathy Hunt is a hardworking waitress in the hotel. She has a kind word to say about everyone and tries her best to help where ever possible. She is always wearing an apron and has her hair (if long) tied back. She is a hard worker and is always bustling about and apologising for any mistakes. She is run ragged by the Doves who often give her conflicting instructions, and usually ends up doing whatever Mrs Dove says.

Peter Jones – Waiter
In full waiting attire Peter Jones works hard every day at the hotel serving customers. He appears accident prone, but only where the Major is concerned as he is often tipping soup down the Major’s clothes.

Major Neville Devizes– Long term hotel resident.
Elderly and awkward, Major Devizes has a charm all of his own, especially where ladies are concerned. He is usually dressed in a suit, and sports a moustache and glasses, speaking with a hoarse voice.

Prudence Dillon – Long term hotel resident
In floating and out of fashion dress and with a small Yorkshire terrier (or stuffed toy dog) always at her side, Prudence Dillon is a force to be reckoned with.

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.
Comic Mischief - Depictions or dialogue involving slapstick or suggestive humour

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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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