The Chinese Take-out – Large group script

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It’s a Chinatown. It’s late. The fluorescent lights are on, the smell of oriental cooking wafts down the street as restaurants and fast food outlets get ready for the evening meal rush.

Ting Aling, husband of Ding, is dead! Found lying amidst a mound of washing powder in his own prospering laundry, ‘Washem Kwik’.

Local business owners and associates of Ting Aling have all been called together to a local Chinese restaurant in a bid to uncover the truth of this Chinese puzzle.

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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:

Inspector Hoo Dun Wot – The policeman responsible for solving the crime
Efficient in his own peculiar way, Inspector Hoo Dun Wot has an unusual method of solving crimes – he involves everyone!

Ding Aling – Co-owner of the Washem Kwik laundry
Married to Ting Aling for over 15 years, Ding Aling is still only in her early 30’s and rather good looking.

Man Do Lin – Head of the local Chinatown mafia
In made-to-measure suits and a flamboyant tie, Man Do Lin has the stereotypical image of a Chinese Mafiosi.

Mai Ling List – Owner of Yum Yum Scrum restaurant
Always smartly dressed, Mai Ling List has quite a hard exterior, necessary in such a cut-throat business as hers, although rumour has it she is a bit of a softie underneath.

Fan See Man – Travelling salesman
In a drab salesman-style, hard-wearing suit and with a briefcase of free samples ever to hand, Fan See Man has been there, seen it, done it and bought several T-shirts.

Ching Ching Boom
– Girlfriend of Man Do Lin
Young, sexy and fit, Ching Ching Boom uses her generous clothing allowance to maximise her many positive attributes.

Won Kee Nee – Herbalist
Untidy in appearance and with no interest in clothing, Won Kee Nee tends to just grab whatever is nearest in his wardrobe and nothing ever matches.

Additional characters in the 9 cast game:

Tai Ming Soff – Watchmaker
Studious in nature, with a white laboratory coat, horn-rimmed glasses and hair tied back, Tai Ming Soff is actually a real scientific beauty.

Fan Kin Yu – Head of Talkie-talkie Telecom Company
Favouring classic suits rather than fashionable ones, Fan Kin Yu is never seen without a copy of the British newspaper, The Financial Times.

Additional characters in the 11 cast game:

Shu San Sox – Owner of Sum Feet, a shoe shop
Dressed in dowdy plain blouses and trousers, no one would guess that Shu San Sox is an eminently successful businesswoman.

Wey Kei Waiki – Owner of Squee-Ki-Kleen, a rival laundry service
A sly, sneaky, weaselly sort of person, Wey Kee Waiki wears cheap polyester ‘shiny suits’, nylon shirts and plastic shoes and uses far too much gel to slick back his greasy hair.

Additional characters in the 13 cast game:

Sum Ting Wong
– Quality control checker at the Washem Kwik laundry
In a simple, cheap blouse and skirt, Sum Ting Wong is always spotlessly clean, reflecting her job role.

No Kan Doo – Owner of ParcelFast, a delivery company
Not afraid to get his hands dirty and help out at the depot, No Kan Doo can look a little crumpled at times, and sometimes forgets to remove his work overalls.

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.
Gambling Reference - Reference to Gambling dens and getting into debt.
Comic Mischief - Depictions or dialogue involving slapstick or suggestive humour
Sexual Themes - References to complex marital relationships, affairs, and one person has been called a prostitute by the deceased.
A murder - violence suggested.


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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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