1 November 2015
Reviewed by Melanie Allen
Laugh and let die entertainment presents ‘Most Spooked’, a murder mystery dinner show.
My husband and I attended this event at the Grosvenor Casino in Salford the night after Halloween. The casino was easy to find, and we parked the car with ease. The dress code was optional fancy dress or smart casual. Not wanting to look like boring old farts, we dressed smartly, but took a witch hat and a Halloween mask just in case.
We needn’t have worried as there were only a handful of people dressed up in full scary attire, and the rest of the crowd were everyday looking folk. We met for a drink in the bar and you could tell straightaway who the actors of the production were, as they mingled with the mystery party goers. We were introduced to Derek Anaconda, a medium (lot of jokes followed about him being a large etc.) who was attending a séance at the Wide Eyed Wonder Hotel owned by Gil La Belle, a widow who was trying to contact his dead wife. There was a seating plan so we took our seats in the poker room of the casino. The room was very informal with an assortment of long and round tables facing a small stage. It was also very cold and I noticed lots of people wearing jackets and cardigans over their shoulders.
On each table was a sheet of information about each of the characters and a few flyers.
The scene was set and we met each of the actors briefly. As mentioned above, there was Derek and Gil, Gil’s dumb fiancée, Penny Chaser, Yvonne Fleeting who was Derek’s annoying agent and Ed Banger who was the ex-criminal barman who worked in the hotel. Derek was left alone in the room performing his séance and just as he was about to reveal who killed the late Mrs La Belle, we saw a gloved hand come round the corner of the wall holding a gun, and the trigger was fired, killing Derek.
Now the fun began. The two police officers investigating his heinous crime were in my opinion the stars of the show. They led the show and kept order when it was needed, and believe me it was, with members of audience shouting out and not following ‘the procedure’! Interaction with the audience was the key to success of this show, and they were like a famous comedy duo, with one questioning each suspect and the other passing the microphone around the audience.
We were then brought out a lovely but spicy meal which we had pre-ordered (Cajun spiced chicken with rice) and the bar staff came and took our drinks order. More clues were then dished out at our table and the show resumed. Lots of questions from the inquisitive audience meant it could have been any of the suspects, which is the whole point of the show. We were left to ponder the murderer over dessert which for me was a caramel apple pie, my husband a salted caramel chocolate brownie, both with ice cream and truly scrumptious.
I can’t give too much away as it would spoil it, but there were only a few people who did guess the murderer and motive correctly. The winner was awarded a bottle of champers and they read out a few funny answers. Not your usual Sunday night out, but a very enjoyable and entertaining one, which I would definitely recommend. They told us about their Christmas show would be great to go to either as a couple or a group of friends, so get your tickets now as it will sell out!!
For more information on dinner shows at the Grosvenor Casino Salford visit www.facebook.com/grosvenorsalford or call 0161 839 0467.
Grosvenor Casino Salford, Riverside, 5 Derwent Street, Salford, M5 4SW | 0161 839 0467