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Press Release: Could you murder a mystery?

Issued: 9 August 2006

LIKE your drinks and mysteries served “on the rocks”? Then you’ll want to be part of Cape Otway Lightstation’s sunset tour and murder mystery dinner set on board the Titanic.

As part of its International Lighthouse Weekend calendar of events, the Lightstation, which was built in response to dozens of shipping disasters, is hosting a murder mystery dinner party themed around the most famous shipwreck of all time.

Lightstation manager Paul Thompson said the dinner for 40 would be based on the theft of the Heart of the Ocean Diamond.

“Rumour has it the Scarlet Pimpernel has been smuggled on board among the exclusive first class passengers, or may even be among the seedy third class voyagers,” Mr Thompson said.

“When a body is discovered it’s time to call in Inspector Sherman Jones to solve the crime.

“There’s lots of audience participation, blending historical fact, fiction and fun.

“Everyone who comes to the dinner becomes a character and they will receive a secret document to brief them on their part in the night. They may end up a major suspect, and will be grilled by the detective, or they may end up as a witness with a little gossip to spread about.”

Mr Thompson said the Murder Company troupe of actors ensured lots of participation in their special blend of historical fact, fiction and fun.

“On a murder mystery night anything can happen and usually does,” he added.

“The talented team of actors create a fun atmosphere, where the guests are encouraged to take part in solving the crime, without doing the time.”

The Murder Company has been providing unique murder mysteries since 1990 and in that time they have created more than 3000 acts of murder across Australia and overseas.

The Lightstation’s Greek chef Toula Menemenios will be cooking up a storm.

A three-course meal will be served in the historic Lightkeeper’s Cottage CafĂ©, with the floodlit Lightstation providing a picturesque backdrop for this maritime murder mystery.

The cost of the tour and murder mystery dinner is $65.

Bookings are essential – call the Lightstation on 5237 9240.

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