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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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Top tips for a masquerade ball

We love a masquerade themed party, and we had our motley crew out at a fab bash at Grand Harbour Hotel in Southampton earlier this month. Here are our hints and tips for a brilliant masked ball.

SET THE TONE
Make sure there's background music playing as guests arrive - it doesn't matter how much champagne you ply them with, if there's no atmosphere upon arrival then they will sober up very quickly!

OFFER A FREEBIE
Whether it's a glass of Prosecco being served by one of our LED roaming table girls, or a masked entertainer handing out free masks for those who thought they could escape the theme - make sure your guests are welcomed as soon as they arrive.

CREATE A TALKING POINT
Our giant martini glass prop made for an amazing ice breaker at our recent bash, but masked fire performers work brilliantly with the Venetian theme, as do masked stilt walkers and even our interactive photo frames which our hosts wander around with, encouraging guests to pose for a photo. These solutions offer a talking point that relaxes your partygoers, and distracts them from any early evening awkwardness before the party gets going.

GET THE DECOR RIGHT
Are you going for traditional Venetian golds and reds and luxury? Or a more contemporary futuristic look that Gaga herself would feel at home in? Either way, pick your colour scheme and stick with it, to ensure the theme runs throughout.

KEEP YOUR GUESTS ENTERTAINED
Perhaps you need a masked contortionist or hand balancer to kick off the party section of the night, or a team of masquerade dancers to round up the guests and getting them boogying on the dancefloor. Either way, make sure there's a spectacle which clearly underlines your drinks reception or meal, and signifies the get-up-dance section of the evening.

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Farewell, Lynx Mk 8

This month we commissioned a huge ice luge sculpture of the much-loved Lynx Mark 8 Navy helicopter, for its final farewell at an epic hangar party at RNAS Yeovilton in Somerset.  As our Director Abi is married to a Mark 8 engineer, this project was rather close to our hearts. Our sailor girls were unsurprisingly well received, as was the Black Cow local vodka and cheddar - indeed a significant quantity of this cheddar was consumed by our lovely ladies!

Thank you to 815 Squadron for looking after us - we had a blast.

Here's a photo of the luge before the lights went down and before it thawed out and went crystal clear - we were far too busy pouring vodka into matelots mouths to take any photos after then!

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