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March 2012

Entertainment is Murder in Sunderland

12th March 2012

Have you ever been on a murder mystery evening? I hadn't and to be honest did have a picture in my mind of getting dressed up and it being a glorified game of cluedo with a bunch of geeks! This was not that, and so much fun. It took place at Amore in Sunderland and was bang up to date and was one of the best nights out I've had. Me and my wife arrived and were given the run down of how the night worked and what we would be expected to do. Basically we would be in groups at our table and throughout the meal we would try and solve a murder, or two as it turned out. The cast were there from the start mingling and my eagle eyed wife was straight onto the fact that there was some affair happening with some of the characters (womans intuition I think). You could then question the characters and as the night went on different bits of evidence would appear.

To begin with everyone is very polite and the characters come and sit at your table,and you try not to offend. Once you get into it though you become more confident and all those years of watching Poirot and Inspector Morse and CSI Miami pay off. You find yourself really getting into it and cross examining all of the characters and accusing them of all sorts.  Just as you are getting into your stride there is a bit of commotion and one of the characters appears with a knife in their back and falls to the floor. Now this being all make believe and people feeling relaxed do the right thing...and get their mobile phone out and start taking pictures!!

Eventually we all sum up and have a go at working out who dunnit. Obviously my group didn't have a clue and was well off the mark, I definitely won't be giving up the day job.

It's been a week for new experiences actually because as well as that I was involved with a bit of singing! Now before you say it, I already know that I was terrible, this still didn't stop me from belting out the songs and deluding myself that I could be the next big West End star. I went along to the Washington Theatre Group's rehearsal night for 'Little Shop of Horrors' and genuinely only thought I'd stay for a bit and then leave them to it, but found myself brought into the rehearsals. They started small doing warm up exercises which then progressed to full songs and before I knew what was happening I was singing with them all. I was a little embarrassed to start with but there is that little part of you that would like to be able to sing and on some level thinks you can, and that side of me seems to have been waiting to get out for some time and now was its chance. Thankfully it's now safely back in its box and won't be heard by anyone and I will only let it out now and again when I'm alone in the car.

If you want to check them out they are my featured group this week for Spotlight On Sunderland.

Washington Theatre Group

Posted by Mark Black at 4:23pm

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