The Curse of the Sultan’s Pyjamas

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Professor Colin Fipmacintyre – the head of the Archaeology faculty in Oxbridge, is a popular after-dinner speaker.

His favourite topic “The Curse of the Sultan’s Pyjamas” has been well received in many dinner venues, especially as he brings along the Sultan’s Pyjamas jewel itself!

Unfortunately, tonight his talk is cut short. Just a few minutes into his planned speech Colin Fipmacintyre drops dead in full view of the assembled diners.

Is the curse real? It’s up to you to decide!

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3 reviews for The Curse of the Sultan’s Pyjamas

  1. There were almost 90 people at our event on Saturday evening and it was fantastic! People were a little unsure to start with, but a screaming cleaner certainly got the evening off to a great start. Guests soon got into the swing of things and clue swapping and eavesdropping on other tables was going on aplenty. My husbands table still managed to miss out on some of the most vital clues and was therefore completely clueless!! All in all, a great night out.

  2. We used this murder mystery as a fund raiser for our church. The event was well received (again). Our guests, and cast, had a lot of fun. We did it as the sequel to “The Sultan’s Pyjamas” It worked out nicely. We had more people that wanted to participate in the mystery this year, so we added two characters. They were assistants to the Inspector. We broke up some of the Inspector’s dialog and also had them reveal some of the clues from the Table Clues. This way we didn’t have to worry about developing characters, backgrounds and potential motives to the murder. Once we have a chance to catch our breath we will start looking at another mystery for next year. This is a very value for the money. I had one women approach me wondering how we could present the event so cheap ($15 admission). She writes mysteries and could not understand how reasonable the prices are. Thank you Joanne for another successful event.

  3. We ran this game twice for 2 different groups with 32 guests each time as well as the cast and a couple of waitresses. (I think it would have worked with up to about 40 or even 50 guests if we’d had a larger room.) It went down very well both times. All the instructions and scripts were very clear and it didn’t take a long time to prepare. The cast really enjoyed getting in role and everybody had such fun that we keep being asked when we’re going to do another one. Red Herring were very helpful in shifting the gender of some of the characters to suit the people we had who wanted to be in the cast. One tip – it really is worth asking the cast read all the clues beforehand, so that they can answer questions guests put to them and make the most of the rivalry between the different characters.

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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 Cast:

Detective Inspector I. B. Clueless
– The policeman sent to solve the crime
Efficient in his own peculiar way, Ian Buchanan Clueless has an unusual method of solving crimes – he involves everyone! If anything he is more like a bungling detective than a methodical one, but it has to be said, he does get results.

Professor Colin Fipmacintyre – University dean
A typical university professor with black gown covering a suit, Professor Fipmacintyre is a male chauvinist with a commanding presence and is a well rehearsed and confident speaker.

Colin Fipmacintyre is the first victim of the evening and can be played by the person who plays IB Clueless with a quick change of clothing and facial / headgear props.

Sandra Fipmacintyre – Colin’s wife
The immaculately presented wife of Colin Fipmacintyre, Sandra enjoys the privileges Colin’s position brings and has worked hard to achieve her high social standing.

Dr Sheila Fielding – University lecturer
Stern and studious, Dr Sheila Fielding has risen through the ranks of the university through sheer hard work and determination.

Justin Tomlinson – Archaeologist
Just back from the field, Justin Tomlinson has attended his uncle’s talk this evening to show his continued support. He tends to wear a jacket and trousers rather than a formal suit.

Ethan Fawkes – Archaeologist
A dashing dilettante who took up archaeology purely for something to do, Ethan managed to obtain university funding for a dig in Egypt, but in actual fact has used the money to fund a lavish way of life in Cairo.

Shona Donaldson
– Head of the Student’s Union
An angry, sarcastic young woman, Shona Donaldson dresses in drab, unflattering clothing and objects to just about anything on principle.

Fabien Yahoui – Businessman and university sponsor
A charming French businessman, Fabien Yahoui has sponsored the university for many years and has a close friendship with the Fipmacintyres.

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.
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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Earn up to 169 Loyalty Points.

This game is rated Teen
This game contains:

Content that may be suitable for ages 13 and older.

Murder - Two murders have been undertaken, so violence is suggested. One murder occurs during the game.
Suggestive Themes - Mild provocative references or materials suggestive of normal male/female monogamous relationships.


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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)

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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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