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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | December 7, 2021

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Looking For The Clue In Cluedo!

Looking For The Clue In Cluedo!
Nahima Kern

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be included in a murder mystery? And how about during the 1930’s? With a whole host of characters to help you solve said mystery?

Well Brisbane Immersive Ensemble might just have something for you. In Cluedo! The Interactive Game, theatre-goers are met by not what they expect at every turn. Recently, creator of Cluedo! wrote an open letter for The Creative Issue detailing what it was like to run such avant-garde theatre. This experience, however goes beyond what can be called “theatre” into the realm of something new. What happened last night was interesting. The premise for this event turned the humble Baedeker Wine Bar in Fortitude Valley into a roaring-30’s house party hosted by “Doctor Black” who inevitably meets his doom at the hands of one of his guests.

What followed required a complete and serious engagement and a cunning nose for murder, as all the guests for the night were divided into teams according to the colour of each audience member’s chosen pin, bestowed upon them before the game began, and encouraged to explore the various nooks and crannies of the bar. The audience were turned into the actors of their own spaces with the actual actors playing somewhat second-fiddle. That is not to say the actors were unnecessary. In fact, it gave a little thrill to be so close to them, to be able to interact with them and their space so thoroughly and intimately.

The end of the night came quite quickly, clocking the show at just two and a half hours. And so ended a night merry, full of drinking, mystery, discovery and all-round fun. A note to make for this however is that Cluedo! only really works if everyone is serious in their assigned roles and respectful of the actors and their space. So strap on some (comfortable) shoes, bust out the deerstalker and get murder-solving! This is an event you don’t want to miss.

What: Cluedo! The Interactive Game
Where: Baedeker Wine Bar, Fortitude Valley
When: April 17 – May 25
How Much: From $83.14, tickets here
Socials: Brisbane Immersive Ensemble, here