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Murder Most Fun

September 26, 2014

I’ve shared the bill with some interesting fellow artistes over the years (The White Hart Morris Men spring to mind – read my blog about the wedding we both performed at here), but last weekend was the first time I’ve (knowingly!) worked alongside a group of murder suspects.

Big Adventures Theatre Company

It was all in the name of entertainment, of course, with the suspects being played by members of Big Adventures Theatre Company as part of a vintage afternoon tea.

Murder mystery afternoon at Fairlawns Hotel

Big Adventures were there to perform one of their excellent murder mystery shows, “Murder at the Redfriars Reunion”.  The venue was Fairlawns Hotel in Aldridge.

Fairlawns Hotel and Spa

The mystery, set in the 1930s, revolved around group of old pupils from Redfriars School one of whom had been horribly murdered after the previous night’s reunion dinner.

Murder at the Redfriars Reunion

Guests took on the role of detective and had to use their best sleuthing skills to work out “whodunit”.  My job was to keep everyone entertained between scenes while the suspects mingled with the guests to answer questions.  My songs from the 1920s, 30s and 40s fitted in perfectly with the Agatha Christie murder mystery theme and created the ideal atmosphere for all the budding Poirots present.

And this is me! Vintage vocalist Simon Partridge

Our hosts for the afternoon, Phil and Diana, had taken great pains with their decoration including floral table centres which incorporated school geometry equipment and an “old school tie”…

"Old school tie" flower arrangement

…and a chocolate pistol for each guest!

Chocolate pistol

I’ve known Caroline and Dave from Big Adventures for over fifteen years now and have worked with them countless times acting in many of their theatre shows and murder mysteries. I’ve even performed in “Murder at the Redfriars Reunion” on many, many occasions playing the part of the vicar, Reverend Chaste.  It was strange watching the story unfold as a spectator rather than an actor, but hugely entertaining.

Murder mystery suspects

The afternoon was a great success and the guests had a wonderful time attempting to solve the mystery.  Host Phil said afterwards, “The drama, along with Simon’s elegant vocals, made everyone’s day”.  They’re already planning another such event for next year.

And if you’re wondering who the guilty party turned out be I’m afraid my lips are sealed.  You’ll just have to book Big Adventures for your own murder mystery evening to find out!

Find out more about Big Adventures by visiting

Find out more about my act of songs from the 1920s, 30s and 40s by visiting

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