Well we were asked if we could do a Murder Mystery and of course we said yes! In conjunction with London Beach Hotel Tenterden and Rotarian, Ian Mowatt, the event was scheduled for 12 weeks hence.
Our Creative Director decided that she did not want to buy anything “off the shelf” so first job was to come up with a story line for our “who dunnit”; agree a theme and then find the performers, design the set, make the costumes, source the music, find our props, market the event…!
We came up with a classic family saga – who killed the rich aunt for the inheritance plot – and decided to commit the dastardly deed at a post WW11 party – 1945 – so lots of hunting at the back of wardrobes, visits to vintage shops and rummaging in antique shops.
London Beach supplied potted palms, furniture and ran Brief Encounter on a projector, Tenterden antiques a working vintage phone and many of the 80 guests dressed appropriately.
We had an ARP Warden, a nurse in full uniform, a wonderful Mrs Mop in ‘pinni and matching turban, someone with a dead fox around their shoulders, vintage dresses and shoes and some great slicked down hair!
Talking of hair, Megan Marks did a wonderful job of hair and make up – lots of marvelous Bette Davis lipstick and victory roll hair dos for our performers.
Our street art performers actually enjoyed working their characters to a script and our budding actors and actresses thoroughly enjoyed the audience interaction and walk about elements of the performance. They rehearsed their socks off on the day of the performance,sustained by some authentic Spaghetti Bolognese made by myself!
The performers were: Hannah’s Street Art student colleagues Kira Palmer and Callum English, Bird Drama students, Emily Sitch, Bethany Whiteley and Emma Mayes and not forgetting Lewis ‘I will remember my lines on the night’ Bennett!
It was a great night, enjoyed by everyone, we raised £500 for Sense and £500 for Rotary International Charities and Ian, a Welshman, enjoyed a welsh victory the following day.
We will do this again!
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Please contact us if you are interested in putting on your Murder Mystery evening