Bare Elements Productions' story
Simon J Robinson,
Bare Elements Productions’ Producer
Our story begins back in 1990 when I received a boxed murder-mystery game as a Christmas gift. It just so happened that for the New Year holiday that year a group of friends and I had booked a spooky old mansion house for a holiday. The scene was set to play the game in the perfect setting.
I was inspired and decided I could do it myself. So I wrote my first story (The Curse of the Pharaohs) , assembled a cast of thousands and found our first venue. Late 1991 saw the very first show take place. When things wound up in the UK we had six different stories and we were running shows most weekends.
For totally unrelated reasons I moved to Australia in 2004. It was May 2008 when I attended a party at the Retreat Hotel in Abbotsford. The lovely room and period feel inspired me to ‘dust off’ one of the favourite stories from the UK, A Dinner to Die For. I assembled a cast and an audience of friends and in August 2008 A Dinner to Die For played of the first time in Melbourne. The feedback was incredible and I was encouraged to continue and so one of the cast and I set up a small company to be a part of the 2009 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. To our relief we got great reviews and the rest, as they say, is history. Bare Elements Productions was born.
We now offer a wide range of private and corporate entertainment with our unique blend of dinner shows and hosted games. In 2016 we began offering our shows and entertainment in Sydney.
A big thank you to all our cast members, venue partners and guests, in both hemispheres, over the last 30+ years and to all those we’ve yet to meet.