Murder Rehearsed!

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Burnton under Ash is a small but fairly busy market town.

Burnton Barnstormers (the local amateur dramatics society) are preparing to stage their fifteenth annual production, a musical comedy called “A Peek At Peking”

The auditions are over, the cast selected. They are about to start the first rehearsal when the body of the show’s director, local bank manager Red E Cash, is discovered covered in blood, face down in a props basket with a gaping wound on his head.

All the members are gathered in the green room. Two questions have to be answered. What has happened here? And how will the show go on?

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Characters in the 6 player game:

Andy Mann – Local DIY store owner.
As stage manager, Andy Mann is scruffily dressed, and a very rough and ready character.

Ada Crimp – Local hairdresser
Selected to play the female lead, Ada Crimp has an abundance of costume jewellery, and is very smartly dressed and heavily coiffured.

Preston Smart – Men’s Tailor.
Playing the part of leading man, Preston is immaculately turned out complete with gold cuff links, silk tie and pocket handkerchief.

Kitty Cuddler – Owner of the local cattery.
Fond of cat suits and positively feline make-up, Kitty Cuddler brings a cat-like manner to her role as second leading lady.

Rich Pickens – Stockbroker
Preferring the smart casual look, Rich Pickens is fond of cravats, sports jackets and suede shoes. He sports a handlebar moustache but is otherwise clean shaven.

Roberta Legge – Retired Ballet Dancer and Lady Chairperson
Dressed in very dated governess type clothing, and never without her walking stick, Roberta Legge is striking in strong make up and she keeps her hair well under control.

Additional characters in the 8 player game:

Beau Kaye – Florist and assistant stage manager.
Slight of build and quietly spoken, Beau Kaye tends to dress a little too flamboyantly in order to get noticed.

Dee Zyner – Boutique Owner and wardrobe mistress.
Of Eastern European origin Dee Zyner has a strong accent and dresses in clothes more fitting for someone half her age.

Additional characters in the 10 player game:

Bill Sterling – Bank Clerk and assistant director.
Although smartly dressed, Bill’s bearing and manner suggest a slight lack of confidence

Sally Forth – Lollypop Lady and programme seller.
Even out of her lollypop uniform, Sally still seems very flat footed, and dowdy and rarely wears any make up.

Additional characters in the 12 player game:

Willy Stackem – Unemployed Bricklayer.
The society’s Gopher or dogsbody Willy is a very rough and ready character, with torn jeans and check shirt to go with his favourite baseball cap.

Anita Body – Beautician and make-up mistress
With a very modern approach to beauty, Anita sports both tattoos and piercings, black eyeliner and black lipstick, and prefers to wear leathers and high heeled boots.

Never run a downloadable murder mystery before? Then don’t panic!There is no special acting required. Guests do not need to memorise any information, and everything they need to play their parts is provided to them in a handy printable booklet. The games are constructed so that everyone has to interact, and scripted dialogues are included to help break the ice and get everyone into character. Even total novices get into the swing of things quite quickly!

The game includes both sound files and a script for the inspector character who provides the setting, clues, and summaries for each round, as well as the final solution. This means as host you too can play and remain completely in the dark as to the culprit, or play the inspector yourself and invite an extra guest to the party!

Each downloadable dinner party game requires use of a printer, around 120 sheets of A4 paper (each character booklet is around 9 pages long), envelopes so you can send out your invitations, and either a laptop or MP3 player (e.g. an ipod) to play the inspector MP3s; OR a CD burner so you can burn the MP3s onto a CD to run in an ordinary CD player.

When you purchase this kit you will download the following files:

  • How to use this game
  • Instructions for running the murder mystery
  • Making the most of your theme- ideas for decoration / activities.
  • Invitations
  • Character Booklets (available in single sided printer and double sided printer format)
  • Scripted for the inspector character (available in single sided printer and double sided printer format)
  • Solution script for the inspector character (needed when printing from the single sided copy)
  • MP3 files for the inspector character (dialogue and solution)
  • Hints and tips
  • Recipe suggestions
  • Money off voucher towards next purchase

When you purchase this kit as a printed kit you will receive through the post:

  • Instruction booklet (includes hints and tips)
  • Invitations and envelopes for all the guests
  • Character booklets
  • CD of the inspector
  • Inspector booklet in a sealed envelope so you don’t find out the solution by accident!
  • Making the most of your theme and recipe suggestions booklets.
  • Money off voucher towards next purchase (printed inside the booklets)

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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This game is rated Teen
This game contains:

Content that may be suitable for persons ages 13 and older.
Including:
A murder - violence suggested.
Bullying.
Comic Mischief - Depictions or dialogue involving slapstick or suggestive humour.
Suggestive Themes - Mild provocative references or materials and sexual innuendo.

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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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