Create an immersive murder at special Everyman screenings of Murder of the Orient Express. As well as a classic murder mystery structure, the piece needed to have a thoroughly modern twist, weaving death and intrigue into the reality of the night. Performances would take place across 9 Everyman cinemas UK wide.
Encouraged to dress in their finery, guests boarded the Orient Express headed for Istanbul. Peppered through the drinks reception, our actors were planted as guests at the event, a Deputy Venue Manager, an Everyman board member, his beleaguered wife and his betrayed ex business parter.
Our self satisfied Everyman board member made an impromptu speech ahead of the screening, during his oratory he became dreadfully unwell, finally stumbling out of the auditorium struggling for breath. The Deputy Venue Manager addressed the room, the police had been called, a man was dead. Our beleaguered wife, now widow, protested that she must see her husband. From across the screening room the rather tipsy betrayed business partner told her to dry her crocodile tears.
Our Deputy Venue Manager attempted to calm both parties but the pot had boiled over; soon accusations, protestation and defence were flying across the plush screening room. Each party accused the other of murder and audience members were roped into the story, framed as key figures from the characters’ past and present. Our Deputy Venue Manager, in her attempts to pacify the situation, became a Poirotesque cross examiner.
Once the police arrived our Deputy Venue Manager removed the two key suspects. Her final words to the audience- “Please stay exactly where you are, the police may very well want to talk to you too. At this stage everyone’s a suspect.” The room was plunged into darkness and the film began.
9 sell out performances, 939 immersed Everyman customers, a very happy client…
Such a pleasure working with you, Nadia and all of the actors. Loved every event and loved seeing all of the guests having such a great time.
Darcey Wise, Event Manager, Everyman Cinemas