“The Monster Smash”

31st October 2020

7.30 pm (EST)

Join us for our premiere of the mystery “The Monster Smash”.  All profits from this show are being given to charity.

Experience the fun as our live virtual interactive theatre is brought directly to your living room via zoom!  This event is suitable for teens to adults and is raising money for Charity!  So join us and do invite your friends!

 

 

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Tickets cost just $7 per household – with profits being split between the different charities being supported by this show.

THE STORY SO FAR…

 In a suburban district of Westfield New Jersey, stands the imposing but somewhat derelict Victorian mansion and funeral home belonging to the De’Bodies family.  Popular with trick or treaters, this gloomy abode trims up for Halloween like no other home in the area and every year a steady stream of children dare each other to ring the doorbell in order to receive handfuls of sugary sweets and meet the strange occupants who appear to take fancy dress to heart and to extremes.

No longer running a funeral service, the family have resorted to other means to maintain an income, selling various homeopathic remedies as well as taking in lodgers on a regular basis. Many of whom are never seen again…

This Halloween the family are busy preparing the mansion for visitors as usual, however just as the decorations are complete a sinister discovery is made near the woodchipper outside…

Gather your friends and family for some Charity fundraising fun – this is a murder mystery show – with a dark-comic twist!

Fancy dress optional – but if you’re coming on screen during the show – we would love to see you themed up! 

What will you need on the night?

You don’t “need” anything – but you may want to have:
– a notebook and pen to hand
– some snacks and drinks 
– a team to help you solve the case.  Whether it’s just your family, or a group of friends on another video chat.

Remember – Zoom gets a bit cranky if you try to do too many things at once at the same time – so it’s a good idea to assemble your posse on another group ap e.g. Facebook messenger, houseparty, or whatsapp or have another member of the family signed into their zoom account separate to yours so you can discuss the case between all your friends as you as you go along.

If you think you’ll want to ask a question live – make sure you know how to work your webcam and have an operational mic.


How long will the evening last?


We’re aiming to wrap up within 2 hours.  So make sure you give yourself enough time in to play and don’t have another place to be!

Meet the Suspects:

Anita Wand – Matriarch of the family.

After her mother disappeared when she was still in elementary school, Anita has been the woman of the house.  She rules the roost as far as the home is concerned, although she does so with gentleness and feminine persuasion.  Fond of handicraft and with a passion for homeopathy, Anita has become the local dispensary for many suffering with a variety of conditions from love sickness to athlete’s foot.

Ivor Wand –  Spouse of Anita

A businessman with a continental heritage, Ivor fell in love with Anita in school and the pair have been inseparable ever since.   Anita’s father was originally against their marriage , but found he couldn’t refuse his daughter.

Ivor has been fully accepted into the family and thinks nothing of all it’s strangeness.  However he is the “face” of the family for the outside world.  He’s well respected in the local community and has a reputation for flattery.

Grandma – No one is sure whose grandma, she sort of came with the house.

Seemingly unrelated to anyone in the house, grandma keeps herself largely to herself but still manages to have something to say about everyone and everything.  A traditionalist, Grandma dabbles in all sorts of activities from potions  to knife throwing, and is somewhat of a hoarder.  She has a growing collection of interesting fungi and hairballs.

Cousin Harry – Cousin of Anita

Somewhat of a recluse since an accident at home caused abundant hair growth, Harry has taken up gardening and spends a lot of time looking after his father who is very housebound these days.  Often in trouble for causing blockages in the pipes Harry lives in fear of hair lice.

Jaqueline Hyde – A lodger with a bit of a split personality.

A fairly new arrival to the house and somewhat of a mystery to the rest of the family.  Jacqueline used to live in Transylvania and seems strangely at home in the vintage dwelling.   A bit of a tombraider, goth cross, Jaqueline swings between being withdrawn and secretive and somewhat excitable.  She’s often out late and the family are sure she’s a party animal at night.

Ben Tover – Butler

Originally employed a pall bearer, Ben transition to family butler when the funeral business folded. Slow and ponderous, Ben is quite accident prone and visits casualty at least once a year.  Thankfully Harry does all the gardening now, so the family only have to worry about household injuries and slips, trips and falls.

Seymour Ghouls– Inspector

Somewhat less corporeal than he used to be, Inspector Ghouls is still more than capable of solving a murder!

Frequently Asked Questions

Over the course of an hour and a half we will be presenting a murder mystery play to you live on air.

Yes! It’s live rather than recorded.  This means whatever happens, happens!  It also means you can interact with the cast during the performance by asking questions via the text chat and they will respond to you!

There are three options available to you as viewers.  You can ask a question (formal) you can chat via text chat to other guests and the cast.  And you can “raise your hand” which we will ask you to do at the end when we get to “free style questions!”

The evening will break naturally into three sections.  With two sets of pictorial evidence to review and three scenes where the cast share information with you.  We will have two comfort break pauses and some time for you to draw some conclusions of your own at the end.

There will also be a live questioning session for serious sleuths who want to join us on the video feed to pose their own questions towards the end of the evening.  We probably won’t be able to get everyone up – but if you want that chance – do make sure you’re dressed appropriately and that you have a webcam and mic that both work.

No – don’t worry – no one else can see you.  If you want to sit in your pajamas stuffing your face with Ben and Jerries ice-cream – no one will be any the wiser!

HOWEVER – there will come a point in the evening where we will be inviting people who are interested in being live on air to join us to ask questions.  And if you think you’d like to do that, then be sure you’re dressed appropriately to the theme and sporting a great accent!  We’d love to see you in costume!  (Though it’s not compulsory!)

We will be asking for guesses at the end via a poll (that’s another thing you can do in the audience).  Obviously when we run events live this is all rather more exciting as there are prizes too – but for the virtual performances we simply can’t do that so we use the poll to see how many of you guess right, and then provide the solution at the end.

It’s very difficult creating an audience feel when we’re all in isolation.  But we really encourage you to build an audience of your own by getting friends along to the same event.

You will be able to chat openly via the text chat with people from other houses and other countries, but you don’t want to be revealing your hidden ideas like that – instead what we’d suggest is that you gather a group of friends via another chat medium like whatsapp, houseparty, googlehangouts or facebook messenger, or even have another device signed into a different zoom account so the two don’t contradict each other while the webinar is working.

By assembling a “posse” of your own in this way you get the experience of being in an audience as you’ll be able to chat with each other while the performance is acting out in front of you.  It’s also a fun thing to do together.

Sadly not – the links are unique.  They’re also unique to the email you used to sign up.  So if you have another zoom account in a different email address make sure you uninstall zoom and reinstall it fresh before you try to access the webinar.

We often get a few people who can’t sign in as they signed up with a different email address or tried to get two people in on one ticket.  Zoom gets really cranky if it thinks others are trying to access the private webinar.

Tickets sell out really quickly for our events, so if you want to collect some friends to play with – make sure you get them to sign up to the same event as you quickly!

Tickets are sold “per household” if you’re both in the same house and plan to watch the show on the same PC you only need 1 ticket.

Friends outside your house do need to sign up directly themselves to access the webinar. 

If you want to pay for your friends ticket – you can do – just use their email on registration – and pay using your Paypal account.  They’ll then get their own email to join!

We would recommend you try signing in from 7.15pm. This gives you 15 minutes to do some trouble shooting.

Troubleshooting tips…

If you have issues getting onto the zoom webinar there are a few things it could be…

1) your zoom account may not be the same one you used to sign up – you will need to ensure you sign in with an account linked to the email you signed up and paid with. Sometimes people have two zoom accounts, or have the ap already installed and it confuses zoom if you have a different account registered to a different email address. If you aren’t sure, try uninstalling zoom, before clicking on the link in the email and redownloading the software.   That way there’ll be no cookies causing issues for you.

2) zoom might just be “having a moment” and sometimes if you simply restart your PC it fixes the zoom ap.  This happens ALL THE TIME!  It’s not something we can fix, and we’ve no idea why turning the PC off and on helps. But it usually fixes it!  That’s one of the reasons we suggest signing in early!  It gives you a window to restart your PC.

3) you may have “shared” your ticket email with a friend. If you have, and they’ve signed in before you with that link then they have your place! Sorry – but that’s how it works. Every person needs their own ticket.

4) You might need a password – the password is provided in the invitation email.  If you haven’t got it or can’t find it on the night – look there.  It’s often located on that email in plain text near the link.

5) Try accessing the webinar on a different device. But make sure you shut the first device down before you do so the webinar doesn’t think you’re still in and trying access it twice.

If none of the above works – you can try calling us on +44 7985953768 

I’m afraid we won’t answer the phone after 7.30 pm. As at that point we’ll be working all the tech.
We’ll ask you to try option 1 and 2 and 5 above. And other than that – we probably won’t have any other bright ideas – as the software is run by Zoom not us. So we probably won’t be able to help… but you never know… 

If you can’t get in after several attempts and miss the event do let us know by email and we’ll refund your ticket after we’ve checked the zoom attendees list for the webinar. If someone else signed in with your account, the webinar will log their attendance.