The Melbright Cup Murders

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Australia! Home to Ayres Rock, Sidney Opera House, the Great Barrier Reef and of course: the famous Melbright Cup thoroughbred horserace!

This year, like it has for the past few years, the Melbright Cup Trophy has gone on tour to foster even more interest in the annual race.

Tonight the Trophy is visiting yet another charitable venue, a gala organised by the Riding for the Disabled Club.

Unfortunately things go horribly wrong. Seymour Crooks the security guard is discovered murdered, but even worse – the Trophy on display is found to be a fake!

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The Cast:


Detective Inspector Bruce McBruce
– The policeman sent to solve the crime
Efficient in his own peculiar way, Bruce McBruce 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.

Clarence Mount – The Melbright Cup Tour Manager.
Handsome, suave and sophisticated Clarence Mount prides himself on his appearance and is always dressed in tailor made clothing.

Shelly Beech – Melbright Cup Chief of Security.
Beautiful and deadly, Shelly is always in her security guard uniform and woe betide anyone who messes with her – her hands are deadly weapons!

Ted Kelly
– Local Security Guard
A bit of a ladies man, Ted is extremely good looking in a rough sort of way and strong. He dresses trendily and wears enough cologne to sink a battle ship!

William “Billy”Bong – Local Man.
Rough and ready for anything, William “Billy” Bong is a scruffy local who is often in hot-water with the police.

Anne Zacks – Radical Environmentalist.
Ready to protest about everything and anything, Anne Zacks is always in practical clothing and waving a placard.

Victoria Derby – Chair of the Riding for the Disabled Club.
Fascinated by horse racing and defiantly part of the racing set, Victoria is always dressed for the races, with a fancy hat and an extremely fashionable dress or suit.

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

1 review for The Melbright Cup Murders

  1. The Albany Harness Racing Club presented the Emirates Melboune Cup Murder Mystery Dinner and Gala Auction as part of the celebrations for the Melbourne Cup visit to Albany on October 11th 2008. The game was great! We had about 180 guests and used good actors – which I think is important for a group of this size or it would not have run so well. We could have improved the event by holding the game early in the night, before all the guests had drunk too much, because it was quite intricate and tricky to figure out the answer. I would highly recommend this game.

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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.

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.
Sexual Themes - Mild innuendo only.

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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!"
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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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