I have a had a life-long love of the arts; enjoying theatre, ballet, art and movies. We are all time poor and have limits to our entertainment budget so I hope an honest review will help make your choices easier.
A wicked night of murder and merriment
A 1930's murder mystery night promised an evening of intrigue and fun and that is exactly what was delivered this past Saturday with Cluedo! The Interactive Game: The Christmas Edition.
On arrival to the Fortitude Valley Baedeker Wine Bar, the scene was beautifully set; a historic venue filled with period furniture, global maps and antiques. The suspects were all decked out in period costume and the guests also rose to the occasion with a mix of 1930s and cocktail dress. In the candle-lit ballroom, a 1930s jazz band played and drinks flowed.
The atmosphere was amazing; the crowd and decor pulling us from one room to another. While wandering we looked for clues and watched different dramatic scenes play out. In the Conservatory, we heard evidence of a seedy affair between Colonel Mustard (Zane C Weber) and the curvaceous Mrs. White (Jessica Kate Ryan), culminating in outcry as betrayal was revealed. Meanwhile, in the dining room, Madame Peacock (Elizabeth Best) and Reverend Green (Patrick Shearer) almost came to blows. Other conflicts and dalliances were also revealed, Miss Scarlet (Geena Schwartz), Professor Plum (Joel O'Brien) and Doctor Black (Chris Kellett) all had dramatic evenings where secrets were revealed and tensions built.
Alas, over dinner the tension built so much it culminated in murder; then the hunt was on. All the guests, ably led by Chief Inspector Puce (Patrick Aiken) and his team of detectives, interrogated witnesses and investigated the scene to deduce the killer, weapon, location and motive of this dastardly crime. Was it Professor Plum, in the conservatory with the candlestick, or Miss Scarlett, in the billiard room with the dagger?
Cluedo, the adored murder-mystery board game, was beautifully bought life by the Brisbane Immersive ensemble. For an all-inclusive price, they delivered an atmospheric and entertaining evening filled with melodrama, music, food and drinks. My only negative for this night would be related to the food. While what we had was delicious, you needed special detective skills to find the very scarce canapés and the main was only suited to carnivores - if you have any special dietary requirements you may need to eat before you go. While what we had was delicious, you needed special detective skills to find the very scarce canapés and the main was only suited to carnivores - so if you have any special dietary requirements make sure you make a special request when booking.
While this was there last Cluedo event for 2018 they will no doubt be back in 2019, so if you get the chance to attend I would really recommend it. This would also make a great corporate event with guests bonding beautifully during the hunt.