Category Archives: Murder Mysteries

Two Down and Two To Go!

Half-way through our run of ‘Killin’ in Cactus County’ and what wonderful audiences we have had.

Our first show was at Worthgate Scout Hut, in Wincheap, Canterbury, as a fundraiser for the Scouts. We’ve performed here before, and it is a lovely small venue. Everyone seemed to have a good time, even though no-one guessed the killer!  She’s just too good at what she does! Some of the younger audience members got into the spirit of the event, and came dressed as cows! Well done to them.

Our second show was at the Chislet Colliery Welfare Club in Hersden – a new venue for us, but hopefully not the last time we’ll perform there.   Fund-raising this time was for the Sturry, Fordwich and District / Aire-Sur-Lys Twinning Association, and it was très jolie!  Another fun evening, with a different murderer (we never like to make things too easy!) and three teams correctly guessed whodunnit.

Two events left to go – two different endings to be worked out by two more audiences.  We are looking forward to seeing the good folk in Deal on Saturday 8th April, and then we’ll be in St Peter’s Greenhill on 22nd April.  Deal is sold out, but there are still tickets available for the 22nd.  Contact Lisa on 07482 599953

Phoebus Fire’s First Season of Murder

Our first season has been a real success during which we helped to raise funds / awareness for the Canterbury Christchurch College Christian Union, the Worthgate Scouts, the 2nd Reculver Brownies, the MS Therapy Centre Canterbury, the Hoath & District W.I.  and the MS Society Medway.   We performed three murder mysteries – A Valentine’s Murder; Cirque de la Mort; and Sea, Salt & Slaughter.

Many thanks to all our host organisations – we look forward to working with you again in 2017.

A Valentine’s Murder


Set in 1926 in a Chicago  speakeasy run by gangster Abe Bernstein and his Purple Gang, this was a night of mob warfare, dodgy dealings and affaires of the heart that ended in tears and  – not too surprisingly –  murder! The audience, as the patrons of the speakeasy, enjoyed extra entertainment in the form of two period blues numbers sung by Kit Stevens as the character Betsie Milberg.


Cirque de la Mort

Bow question-time

Our summer production was an up-to-date story of familial rivalry and workplace jealousy beneath the Big Top as we scratched the mysterious surface of circus life in Cirque de la Mort. The audience, seated around the circus ring, were entertained by an acrobatic floor show from the Bellini Bros, clowning antics from Hobo & Bozo, and the questionable palm-reading talents of the Great Fortuna. Led by the inept ringmaster FlimFlam, newbie Sam found he’d taken on more than he’d bargained for when he’d run away and joined possibly the worst circus on the circuit this summer. Rinky Dink Brothers wowed the crowds for us during June.

clownspose  Fortuna WSH

Sea Salt and Slaughter

mogs-tale Trio of trouble

With 18 September being International Speak like a Pirate Day we could not resist visiting Capt. Salt’s swashbucklin’, rum-swiggin’, tax-evadin’ pirate crew of the Plymouth Glory in the early autumn. Sea Salt and Slaughter was a rip-roaring and mind-teasing yarn spun in the Drunken Mermaid Tavern in 1720. It was enormous fun to put on and a sure-fire winner with the audiences who joined in on the sea shanty singing with gusto and came up with some intriguing alliances among the suspects. In addition to the raffle, the audience pored over the treasure map we’d drawn up and laid down their gold to have a stake in where they thought the treasure had been hidden. Arrrrggh, it were a fine show!

Avast!  crimson-questions


The Future


Our audiences absolutely loved their time with us, and we have been delighted with the enthusiastic feedback.   Audience members asking eagerly for details of the next show,  and those who enquire whether we can do the same for their community group or charity, have been a great source of encouragement and inspiration.  Thank you.



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.

Pirates Ahoy!

MS Therapy Centre

The motley crew of buccaneers be hangin’ out in The Drunken Mermaid, (they got thrown out o’ The Tattered Sail for bein’ too rowdy!) They be sampling the grog, singing shanties and swapping yarns of adventure on the high seas.

They’re gettin’ ready to set sail, and will be dockin’ soon in a venue near you. Don’t miss out on the chance to sing along, solve the murder, and have a great night out with friends, all in a good cause.

Performances 9th & 10th September at the MS Therapy Centre, Canterbury and 17th September at Reculver & Beltinge Memorial Hall.

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

The Circus was in Town

Sunday 5th June 2016

Rehearsals are over and last night was the first showing of ‘Cirque de la Mort’.  Our audience in Hoath Village Hall was small but perfectly formed and they got truly into the spirit of detective work, asking plenty of interesting and sometimes tricky questions.  Our “circus performers” showed their colourful characters (and costumes), murder was committed and solved, and the circus goes on to perform another day!  Apparently one of the teams (who correctly identified the culprit) contained some real-life detectives!  All the feedback was enthusiastic, and we are now looking forward to taking our circus to Worthgate Scouts for a repeat performance on 11th June.  I can’t wait to entertain another audience.

Phoebus Fire Debut

What a great evening we all had on Thursday as Phoebus Fire performed their debut to a packed and appreciative audience.

A Valentine’s Day Murder was warmly received by the crowd at Canterbury Baptist Church, courtesy of Christchurch Christian Union.  A record 4 teams managed to guess the culprit, though the motives were somewhat dubious!!

thanks again to the organisers.