Presented by Red Fez Productions
Reviewed 28 February 2020
Red Fez have returned to the year 1948 for their latest murder mystery dinner game, this time written by the two hosts, Phil and Amy.
The scenario seems simple on the surface: the LAPD Chief is set to retire and so a party has been thrown in his honour where his replacement will also be announced. Amongst the guest list are some of politics’ and Hollywood’s elite, from film producers and starlets to alleged mobsters, businessmen, friends and family. Each of these characters have their own stories of intrigue, backstabbing, wheeling and dealing.
You will play one of these roles. All guests are provided with a short character breakdown and then, between each dinner course, they are given access to additional clues and hints that must be either kept hidden or shared between the other guests. Anyone who has played a How to Host a Murder game will be familiar with the format.
While the promoted aim of the game is to identify the killer, the true aim is to simply have fun and go with the flow. There are far too many subplots going on to ever really get a handle on things. Unless you’re one of the few who get to interact within the primary plot, you’ll skirt around it in your own attached world of complicated shenanigans with a handful of other characters.
A Murder Most Foul is a vibrant, interactive event that requires you to get out of your chair and engage with the other players to make sure the killer gets his/her just desserts before your dessert is served. Many dress up for the night in a generic period costume – and there’s a prize for that at the end of the evening. Many also dive right into their characters– and a best actor award is also issued by popular vote. Those less outgoing will be in good company in their regular day clothes and using their own personality however. The crowd is a comfortable combination of both.
Food is catered by the Adelaide Oval and on opening night, was a delicious four-courses that included soups, antipasto, curries, salads and desserts. Drinks are not included but a bar is available.
Red Fez has been bringing these murder dinners to the Adelaide Fringe for a few years now so it was disappointing that the evening wasn’t as organised as it should have been. A very late start was followed by the hosts picking up on each other a few times to speed things along. For the ticket price, those opening night teething problems should not have happened.
Even so, it’s a fun evening where a room full of strangers mingle well, have a laugh, scratch their head a lot, and go home with a full stomach. You have to be content with that.
Reviewed by Rod Lewis
Venue: Gil Langley Room via the South Gate, Level 4 Adelaide Oval
Season: Until 7 March 2020
Duration: 3.5 hours
Tickets: $82-$89 (includes dinner)