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Different murder mystery companies work in different ways, so if you are unsure how Cloak & Dagger evenings run, then check the questions on the left and they should provide all the answers. If they don't, please ask! Either phone on 023 9248 4730 or email.

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How do these murder mysteries work?  While you enjoy your meal, there will be 6, 7 or 8 actors who will act out a murder mystery in a series of short scenes. At some point, one of the actors gets murdered and you have to try to work out who did it and why and so on. There's always a good deal of comedy, but that doesn't mean there's no mystery! You'll need to concentrate to get it all right, but hopefully you will have fun even if you get it all wrong.
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Will I have to play a part?  No, certainly not. Some murder mystery companies operate with only one or two actors and pull people out of the audience to fill in the gaps. We don't do that, in fact we NEVER drag people out to take parts in the story. We may sometimes ask for volunteers for specific jobs (picking a card for a magic trick, perhaps) but ONLY volunteers and only for smaller tasks. There will be as many actors as the story line needs (a minimum of 6, possibly 8), but as the characters circulate round the tables, you are encouraged to ask whatever questions you like. You will not be asked to do more than you are completely comfortable with and if you prefer just to sit quietly and watch, that is absolutely fine.
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Do I need to dress up?  Not unless you want to. Some of the story lines (the pirates, or the Wild West one are obvious examples) particularly lend themselves to dressing up and many people like to dress up accordingly (and we often give a prize to the best dressed!)  However, other people really don't enjoy dressing up at all and probably at any one event about half the audience will have dressed up and half won't. Either is fine, and if you are coming with a crowd who want to dress up, then please do so, but don't feel under any obligation.
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So does the audience get involved?  Oh yes, but all together. For some of the stories there might be singing or old time dancing but if you don't want to join in, that is fine. If you do, it is everybody together so you won't stand out. After all, we won't forgt that you have come to be entertained and we are there to do the entertaining, not the other way round.
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Might I discover I am the victim? Or the murderer?  Certainly not. It would be terrifying to spend the whole evening wondering whether you were about to be picked on like that and we don't do it. The victim, the murderer and all the other characters in the story will be played by one of the actors.
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What about getting clues?  Again, this is where we are different from other companies. Many will drop a load of paper on your table (often called a 'clue pack') expect you to read it all and then ask questions. Wading through that doesn't seem to us like a particularly fun way to spend an evening so we don't do that. In our events, the story will be fully acted out so it is all presented to you. As the characters circulate round the room, you can ask any additional questions as well.
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Can children come?  Absolutely! A couple of our scripts are a bit 'adult' in content, but we clearly say so at the time so you will know if they are not suitable. Otherwise, we welcome people of all ages and we have several regulars in our audiences who have yet to reach double figures.     Back to the top

 

   

How do I book to come?  These public events are organised by the venue (the hotel, club or similar) where the evening is being held. It is therefore best if you contact them directly and they can give you any information you need about availability of places, menu choices, parking, accessibility, etc. All the contact details are given if you click on "Contact" on the main Diary page.     Back to the top

 

   

Any other questions?  If you are unsure about anything, worried about bangs, blood or bad language or the suitability of any particular script, please ask. Either phone on 023 9248 4730 or email. We are only too happy to help.
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