Frequently Asked Questions of our dinner shows
What does the show fee include?
The fee will cover the full show cast in costume and all the props and equipment to run the show. In addition each guest is provided with a small character, tips and ideas for dress ups, name badges and place settings. The fee also covers event support via email or phone in the lead-up to your party and travel expenses (if applicable). We will also provide themed background music, usually played via the venue’s sound system.
How does payment work?
Bare Elements Productions will provide an invoice. You can pay via EFT, Paypal or credit card. A 25% deposit is required to secure a booking and the balance is required two weeks before an event.
Which theme should I choose?
Bare Elements Productions is able to offer two tried and tested dinner shows guaranteed to make a party. A Dinner to Die For is set in 1928 and Time Star takes you to 1985. Choose a show from a particular period if you and your guests have a special connection to that era. The choice is really part of the fun so simply choose the one that appeals to you the most. In the end, if the show appeals to your sense of fun, it will most likely work very well for your guests.
Can shows be adapted to suit my event?
The shows are scripted but f you are having a particular type of event (e.g. hens’ night, baby shower, birthday) and would like the activities to reflect the occasion, we will work to ensure this is reflected in the show.
How many cast members are there?
Both shows have a core cast of 5 actors. For larger groups we may bring an additional actor.
How much space will I need?
A venue is appropriate if there is enough space for all guests to move around comfortably. The actors will work around your seated guests. Generally the shows are not suitable for private homes. Its always best to ensure the activity levels will not disturb other patrons (e.g. in a restaurant); and if the activities will not be affected by other venue noise such as a band in the next room.
Do we all play a character ?
Yes, each game allows for each guest to have a small character to play as much or as little as they choose. These can be pre-allocated by you (with full guidance provided) or we can do this for you.
How does it work?
The shows are fully scripted (often with plenty of ad-libbing) and the actors will perform around your guests. The story will unfold around you and guests will have plenty of opportunity to interact with the performers to ask questions. The cast will be there to make sure you and your guest have the most fun possible. We aim to create a party.
How long will the show go for?
The shows will usually run for between 2 and 3 hours, depending on the number of courses. It’s better to wait until all guests have arrived before starting and the shows are designed to be the feature of the evening, so late arrivals may make the show run longer.
Should we dress up?
Yes!! Whilst this is not essential, having guests in costume will really add to the ambience of the show. We will provide tips and ideas for you to share with your guests to make is as easy as possible.
Do you provide costumes?
We certainly encourage guests to dress up, however, the logistics of providing costumes for your guests is impracticable. We can arrange small items such as hats, glasses and wigs that can be taken away by each guest at the end of the night. This needs to be pre-arranged and an additional fee would apply.
Can I serve food and drinks?
Of course! The shows are written and designed to take place around a meal. The refreshments could also be themed to enhance the event. You may choose to cater the event yourself. Bare Elements Productions also works with a range of venue partners and we will connect you with them to discuss your menu choices.
What about music?
Background music is a great addition to the activities. The show cast will provide some themed music on I-Pod, or you may like to use a selection of your own favourite music after the show.
What do I need to do on the night?
The lead cast member will arrive at your venue well before your guests arrive to set up. You will be free to relax and make the most of your event. The lead cast member will liaise with you and the venue to co-ordinate the timing of food and drinks.
Will there be prizes?
The dinner shows incorporate some small prizes as part of the event, however some clients like to augment these with additional prizes such as chocolates, wine, gift vouchers or suitably themed prizes such as plastic ‘Oscar’ statuettes or mini mirror balls. These can be great fun, but are in no way essential to the evening, as the emphasis is on the sleuthing process rather than being first to solve the mystery! Please note our hosting fee does not include prizes, these can be pre-arranged if required but an additional fee will apply.
Will anyone me made to look silly ?
No! The actors are experienced and will soon know who wants to play along (as many do) and who would prefer to be left to watch and enjoy the show.