Robin and his Merry Murder!

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Robbing from the rich and giving to the poor may well have earned Robin a warm welcome among the local peasants, but his name is mud at the local castle and Sir Guy of Gisbourne has been given the task of apprehending him.

Celebrating a recent triumph over the rich, Robin and his Merry Men have gathered together the villagers for an impromptu feast in the forest. Maid Marion and her lady in waiting are guests of honour.

However, the feast comes to a rather abrupt halt when Little John arrives and announces the Sheriff of Nottingham is on route. Sir Guy of Gisbourne has been found dead in the forest and Robin is the only suspect.

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The Cast:


Sheriff of Nottingham
– Local law enforcement
The authority figure in Nottingham, the Sherriff is responsible for capturing all outlaws and dealing with any other criminal activities that may arise within the county.

Robin Hood
– Heroic outlaw
A heroic outlaw, Robin has charisma, charm and a band of followers that have become like family to him.

Little John – Outlaw
Tall and broad-shouldered, Little John doesn’t exactly live up to his name. While you wouldn’t want to meet him when angered, he’s a good-natured hardworking soul most of the time.

Scarlett Will
– A Merry Maid
Feisty and proud, Scarlett Will is out to prove she can do everything as well as a man and she regularly joins the Merry Men during their highway robberies.

Friar Tuck – Local Monk
Round and jolly, Friar Tuck is not a man to miss out on a feast day or new wine offering. Rather fond of his mead, Friar Tuck is definitely the ‘Merry’ part of the Merry Men.

Maid Marion – Lady of the court
Gentle, kind and wonderfully beguiling, Maid Marion is the daughter of a local nobleman and totally besotted with Robin.

Lady Byrde – Lady-in-waiting to Maid Marion
Demure and submissive, Lady Byrde is Maid Marion’s lady-in-waiting. She attracts many an admiring look from the Merry Men.

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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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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Earn up to 169 Loyalty Points.

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This game is rated Teen
This game contains:

Content that may be suitable for ages 13 and older.

Including:
Murder - Once murder occurs pre-game and one during the game. Also references to poisoning rats. Relationships - Robin and Marion have wedded in secret. Little John cross dresses as a woman and is "groped" by the Sheriff.

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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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