Putting on the Blitz – Large group script

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The south coast resort town of Felsham, near Hastings, was a quiet retirement haven prior to the redistribution of its some of its buildings by the Luftwaffe.

In the temporary Council offices at the Cliff Hotel lay a conundrum; the dead body of Councillor Christopher Griffin. What was he doing there? How did he die? These are the questions Detective Chief Inspector Doyle has to answer. Can you help him solve the case?

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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

DCI Doyle – Efficient in his own quiet way, Doyle has an unusual method of solving crimes – he involves everyone!

Walter Jefferson Truthbender III – US newspaper reporter.
Inquisitive, insistent but always polite, Walter works for the New York Herald writing up stories of war torn England. He spends a lot of personal time with Mrs Elaine Chatelaine.

Frenchie Letterman – Postman.
Frenchie is an ex-Great War soldier. He maintains the local postal service by collecting, sorting and delivering all the mail in Felsham. He always proudly wears a uniform whether military or postal.

Norman Saddleback – Mayor of Felsham village.
An ex-Great War serviceman, Norman is a very jolly person who believes life is for living and enjoying. He is the life and soul of any function and is extremely proud of his enormous chain of office which he wears at all times.

Mrs Elaine Chatelaine – Retired schoolteacher.
A colourful and educated widow, Elaine is always smartly dressed and sociable. She enjoys male company but is not a flirt. She is the owner of small florist shop in the High Street.

Pearl Twinset – Hotel housekeeper.
A capable controller, Pearl practically runs the Cliff Hotel single-handedly. She is a little starchy, wears a heavy pearl necklace and has a bag full of business cards.

Busty Haystacks – Land Army girl.
Busty is an ex-public schoolteacher (girls school) with a passion for being outdoors. She prefers fashionable clothing when not in overalls but occasionally she is caught between the two and seen wearing something glamorous with overalls!

Additional characters in the 9 cast game:

Holly Hedges – Gardener.
Holly is a jobbing gardener and is very knowledgeable about plants. Various gardening implements are always found in her assorted pockets. Holly is in tune with nature and professes to a psychic ability. She has no family ties.

Ted – Spiv.
Ted is sharp-suited and a provider of anything anyone could possibly wish to buy. He is employed in a reserved occupation on the railway so is in no danger of being called up unless he loses his job. Ted always has to hand a small suitcase of ‘samples’ and an array of watches inside his jacket.

Additional characters in the 11 cast game:

Lt Sherman Tank – Serviceman.
Now apparently fit, Sherman is awaiting discharge from sick leave. He is a British commando officer with an unfortunate name. He is having an on-off relationship with Busty Haystacks.

Cherry Ready – Council secretary.
A young woman with lofty aspirations, Cherry is always smartly dressed and made up. She is an efficient secretary with an eye for the main chance.

Additional characters in the 13 cast game:

Misty Witchfinder – Ambulance driver.
Misty is a part-time or emergency ambulance driver. She also works in the library. A self-contained person, Misty can cope on her own in most circumstances. It is thought that she is a German speaker as she has a heavy German accent.

Roger Freely – Fireman.
A womanising official who is now thoroughly enjoying himself now that his family have been evacuated to Wales. Life couldn’t be better!

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.

Sexual Themes - Libido and difficulties with "performance" are discussed.
A murder - violence suggested.
Alcohol Reference - Reference to and/or images of alcoholic beverages.
Comic Mischief - Depictions or dialogue involving slapstick or suggestive humour.
Suggestive Themes - Mild provocative references or materials and sexual innuendo.


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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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