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Murder on the fort!

Our clients often complain that it's tricky to find a murder mystery experience that isn't 'cheesy' or 'old fashioned' despite how pricey murder mystery packages can be.  And we happen to know that many of the actors supplied for these murder mystery experiences, are volunteers or working for expenses only, and as proud members of Equity performers union we simply don't think that's good enough. Especially if you're paying top dollar for a professional murder mystery product.

So when we were approached to create a murder mystery experience for a group of diners at Spitbank Fort in the Solent, we couldn't wait to get stuck in casting actors, writing a bespoke script that suited the audience and the amazing venue, and of course paying our actors for their rehearsals and performance.  We used a mix of male and female actors - some professional and some amateur dramatics - and the feedback was sensational.

"it went down so well! The story was great and and cast were amazing! Was a great twist on a formal dinner"

Here are a few clips that we caught on a discreetly located Go Pro, as well as some clips from one of the guests' social media uploads. The partygoers were brilliant sports and the Forts were, as ever, sensational hosts.

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Stars and stripes for this travel brand

Kicking off 2017 as we mean to go on, we entertained at a fantastic USA themed corporate event in Portsmouth with some of our favourite American acts. This yearly awards ceremony brought all the staff from Affinion Travel together to celebrate a year of hard work with a good ol' American knees up.

The VIP experience began with a walk on the red carpet where guests were greeted by our fake paparazzi and celebrity interviewer who begged them to pose for the camera and hounded them with questions of 'tell us, are the rumours true' and 'which of this season's trends has inspired your catwalk look'.

Once inside the venue, our Native American hosts took guests' coats, Hooters girls offered champagne and bottles of beer, and our charming Usherette girls served canapes in traditional USA costumes. These characters later interacted with our bespoke American flag shaped LED photo frame, which offered guests a unique opportunity to pose for a picture.

The USA theme continued with our incredible Dolly Parton tribute act who sung throughout the drinks reception, and escorted Affinion's MD to the stage with her signature sass. And after the awards our Elvis Presley tribute kicked off the party with renditions of 'Hound Dog' and other loved classics.

Our high energy 1950s dance duet performed the 'Hand Jive' from Grease, to rapturous applause from party guests, as lookalikes Marilyn Monroe, Jack Sparrow, Britney Spears, Donald Trump and Ozzy Osborne mixed and mingled. And our cheeky cowgirl stilt walkers offered a hint of Wild West interacting with an inflatable catcus and steed!

Diner girl rollerskaters got the dancefloor started as our cheerleader pole dancer demonstrated amazing flexibility and strength on our freestanding pole platform.

The cherry on the cake was our bald eagle ice luge lit with red, blue and white lights, through which we poured flavoured vodkas - some guests certainly enjoyed this and came back more times than we could count! 

Huge thanks to our photographers Alberto Baucis and Rebecca Honour who did an amazing job as always.  And a well done to event managers Abi and Sophie who kept every act to schedule, and finished feeling rather proud. Go team!

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