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Last chance to experience murder mysteries this year

Our murder mystery season for 2016 is coming to an end this weekend. Saturday 17 September, yes, that’s THIS Saturday is your last chance to see one of our murder mysteries in action before the new season starts in April.


The Great Fortuna predicts a fabulous evening's entertainment.

The Great Fortuna predicts a fabulous evening’s entertainment.


If your group is contemplating collaborating with us next year and haven’t quite made up their minds, do buy a bunch of tickets and come along to Beltinge for a fabulous evening out! Then take your experience back to your committee and say YES, let’s work with these wonderfully entertaining people next year! More and more people are doing just that which is fabulous for fund raising in Kent, enormous fun for us and top entertainment for your audiences. It’s not another quiz night, it’s theatre on your doorstep!

Our dates and themes will be announced in the next week or two so watch this space.

A swashbucklin’ evening at the MS Therapy Centre Canterbury

It was a quiet evening in the Drunken Mermaid until the doors burst open and a swashbucklin’ crowd of shanty-singing pirates gate-crashed the peace!

Jesmond and Crimson Pirate











Murder and mayhem ensued and the audience tucked in to their vittals, and put their thinking caps on to solve the mystery. We all had a great evening and a barrel of laughs!


Old Mog's tale

Old Mog’s tale

The Drunken Mermaid

The plot thickens in the Drunken Mermaid

Pickwick and Capt. Salt

Pickwick tastes some of the local cuisine while Capt Salt looks to business…











Thank you to the MS Therapy Centre Canterbury for hosting and for our wonderful, warm and fun-loving audience. A great start to our performances of Sea Salt and Slaughter.

Kit (Director, and Jesmond the Pirate!)

Rehearsals shiverin’ me timbers!


The crews of the Plymouth Glory and the Dawn Promise are finding hidden treasure every week as they explore the plot of our new murder mystery Sea Salt and Slaughter, and find new ways to buckle their swash!

The lovely Ryan Brown is getting hugs every week to make up for the fact that his character, the mean and loathsome revenue man Pickwick, is so good he gets boo’d every time his bewigged head pokes round the door of the Drunken Mermaid. Ah, the downside of playing the part so well! Well done Ryan for getting the job at the Shrek Experience in London by the way! Proud of you honey!

We let them loose with the black kohl eyeliner this week and the true pirate blood will out! The mild mannered Richard Ginn is suddenly out-pirating Blackbeard Aaaarrrrhhh!and Jasmine Briscoe, our erstwhile bumbling clown Bozo of Cirque de la Mort, is making IMG_0147everyone stand to attention! “NO ONE says MUSTN’T to me!” Aye aye Cap’n!!






Robyn McMullen, who plays Jamie our cabin boy and Heather Russell-Kay, our saucy Sally the tavern wench are both perfecting their dramatic entrances and shiver me timbers, those two characters have a few mysteries about them that need solving I’ll tell ‘ee!IMG_0126

For the main cast that just leaves our script writer and assistant director for this production, Karen Ince, and the question about her character, Old Mog, is: will she get to the end of her tale of treasure and treachery before she drinks the Mermaid dry?Grrrrrr

I thought we were in fine voice on the shanties until our wonderful “pirate choir” the “Saltinies”, as we call them back stage, joined us this week and now we’re bringing the house down! I’m getting addicted! It’s perfectly normal to wander around Waitrose singing “Heave away bullies, you parish rig bums!” isn’t it? Hee hee. Or should I say “Ho Ho”.            Gurning pirate competition

This scurvy lot are almost ready to give you an evening to remember! There are still tickets left for Friday 9 and Saturday 17 September so come on and BOOK now! Bring friends and family! It’s going to be a rip-tide ride to murder and mizzen mast mayhem! Don’t be a landlubber, get those tickets!

*Cancelled* Saturday 10 September event cancelled

Dear all,

I’m very sorry to say that the decision has been made by the MS Therapy Centre that the performance of Sea Salt and Slaughter on Saturday 10 September will no longer take place.

The performance on Friday 9 September 7-7:30 start is still going ahead with vim vigor and blue blistering barnacles so please join us at the MS Therapy Centre for that if you can. Please contact the MS Therapy Centre if you have already bought your ticket for Saturday and need either a transfer or a refund.

Our performance at Beltinge Memorial Hall on 17 September can also accommodate you if need to change night.

Thank you for your patience.

Phoebus Fire

A wonderful evening at Worthgate.

Our circus tour continued with a cracking night of murderous mayhem at the Worthgate Scout Hall, Heaton Road, Wincheap Canterbury last night as we raised funds for the Worthgate Scout Group.

Our circus folk wow-d the crowds with their grand entrance through the luxurious new stage curtains and gasped as our dozy clown Bozo almost used them to wiped her pie-ridden face. Luckily the Great Fortuna saw the disaster coming and was ready with a well-placed towel, much to the relief of the scout leaders!

Bozo gets to grips with tea drinking with a clown nose.

Bozo gets to grips with tea drinking in a clown nose.

Some more great questions from our detective audience kept the cast on their toes and at one point put Sam the Knife-thrower’s Assistant on his back as he demonstrated how he’d found “the body”, much to everyone’s amusement.

Everyone got into the spirit of the occasion and we found two audience members dressed up as a Circus Health and Safety Inspector and a Big Top! We like our audiences to feel comfortable and dressing up is always optional but we get a great kick out of seeing the efforts some people go to. Brilliant!

Cirque cast

A great last night for Sue as Hobo the Clown.

A great last night for Sue as Hobo the Clown.

The Great Fortuna predicts a fabulous evening's entertainment.

The Great Fortuna predicts a fabulous evening’s entertainment.

There be pirates docking in a town near you!

Phoebus Fire are getting very excited because Karen has her murder mystery writing hat on again and furious key-tapping noises are coming from under her door, along with the occasional muttering of “Arrrrggh, pass the rum”, and “Shiver me timbers that’s a corkin’ redherring, if ever I saw one!”

So all you landlubbers or even sea-faring hearties, if ye be lookin’ for a way of raising funds for your non-profit making group or favourite charity this September, get in touch and we’ll lay anchor and provide a keel-cracking evening of entertainment for you!

Phoebus Fire

murder mysteries for organisations