DIARY: The night death came to dinner, armed with ketchup and innuendo

One hundred and forty PR folk turned up at the Church House Conference and Banqueting Centre last week for the PR Week Murder Mystery Evening.

One hundred and forty PR folk turned up at the Church House Conference

and Banqueting Centre last week for the PR Week Murder Mystery Evening.



The plot was simple enough. The dinner guests were entertained by a

cabaret troupe entitled Five Butlers go Broadway. But before dinner had

even begun, one of their number was found to have been murdered,

apparently by having his comedy bald wig squirted with ketchup.



It was clear that one of the other butlers had done it. During the meal,

the remaining protagonists circulated among the tables answering the

probing questions of the guests and dispensing clues along with liberal

helpings of double entendre in the finest ‘Carry on Stabbing’ tradition.



Thus we were offered all manner of red herrings, false confessions and

dark insinuations, and led up sundry garden paths before the denouement.

Needless to say, most tables being in an advanced state of refreshment

no one got the answer exactly right. So the prize went to the group

which got it least wrong.



Sadly I cannot reveal whodunnit - I have been threatened with a hearty

bludgeoning with a candlestick if I spoil the plot for others. But I can

reveal that the cabaret - which included an alarming degree of audience

participation at least for those tables nearest the stage - went down a

storm



Indeed one particularly enthusiastic partygoer stood up to bellow for an

encore, but seemed strangely ungrateful when the troupe’s Vera Lynn

lookalike launched into a spirited rendition of ‘We’ll meet again’.



On the way out, I was collared by one PR woman who earnestly revealed

that she had been worried that it was going to be ‘another of those

awful PR dos’ but said she was astonished to find that she had actually

enjoyed herself rather a lot. Well I never.



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