The Box Office Hit – Large group script

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It is the opening night of Hollywood’s latest blockbuster film “Undercover and Dangerous”.

Unfortunately midway through their glitzy cocktail reception disaster strikes! The promotional stunt goes horribly wrong!

Tom Spanks, the star of the movie, was scheduled to jump out from between the sheets of the mock double bed in the foyer waving his gun and quoting some lines from the film.

Instead the sheets twitch and then…. nothing. Tom fails to materialise. On investigation, the star is not just undercover – he’s dead as well! The question is: who killed him?

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  1. I was arranging a fund raising evening at the local Indian Restaurant and wanted something a little different. I had 46 guests, some of whom I did not know! After finding Red Herring Games on the internet I called to find out a little more about the games and with Jo’s help decided on The Box Office Hit. There was no line learning and my guest/suspects were issued with a booklet with their script. I was very nervous before the evening began as I have never done anything like this before. I need not have worried as Jo had talked me through the process of the game and her help was invaluable for the night. At the end of the evening I had excellent feedback from my guest and the owner of the restaurant and have been requested to organise another evening. A BIG THANK YOU to Jo for making this an evening we will be talking about for a long time.

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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.

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.

The inspector/facilitator 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:
Inspector James Bland – The policeman responsible for solving the crime
Efficient in his own peculiar way, Inspector James Bland has an unusual method of solving crimes – he involves everyone!

Antonio Bandana
– Sound Man
With olive skin, tight dark trousers and a fantastic body (from holding up the boom) – Antonio is a real ladies man.

Meg Lyin – Actress
Blond and ditsy, Meg has a cute figure and always wears clothes that show it off.

Tom Fuse – Stunt Man
In jeans or leather trousers, Tom has a thing for living dangerously and has the scars to prove it.

Sandra Ballcock – Assistant Director
Busty and bossy – Sandra is always into cuts, low cuts, high cuts and cut aways – but don’t let her dresses fool you – she is not a girl to mess with!

Harris Enford – Animal Handler
Never without his trusty whip and leather hat, Harris is a real hunk of a man.

Judy Drench – 2nd assistant to the 3rd key grip
A lighting and rigging technician with formidable presence on the set, Judy is often in smart suits, and positively abhors sexist misogynist dinosaurs.

Additional characters in the 9 cast game:

Sean Connolly – Director
White haired and grisly, Sean is a Scottish gent with aristocratic bearing and a traditional sense of dress.

Katheryn Eater-Jones – Catering manager
In kitchen apron and with regulation hair net in place, Katheryn might not be everyone’s first choice as a date – but fortunately there is more than one way to a man’s heart and she is a fantastic cook and nearly always arrives with delectable nibbles.

Additional characters in the 11 cast game:

Brad Fitt – Special effects
Always available to blow things up, Brad is just as likely to pull a stick of dynamite from his pocket as a pen!

Sharon Stoned – Make up artist
With her huge make up bag always ready to hand, Sharon’s own make-up may be perfect, but you can tell her mirrors only go to neck level – her dress sense is appalling!

Additional characters in the 13 suspect game:

John Revolta – Camera Man
Always in leather, John manages to squeeze his cameras into the trickiest of spots and always gets good results.

Kate Windswept – Hairdresser
With a pair of scissors, hair gel, mousse and hair grips ever to hand, Kate is a beauty in her own right, even if her hair is never as tidy as her clients when she’s finished with them!

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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.
Sexual Themes - Mild references to filming "love scenes" in the film and references to characters being romantically interested in each other.
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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