A 1920s Murder Mystery Evening, organised by four Sheffield Hallam students has raised over £450 for local charities Sheffield Mencap and Gateway and Barnardo’s.

The event, which took place at the Showroom in Sheffield, on Paternoster Row was attended by over 60 people of all ages, and was organised by events management team, Trio Events.

The tickets for the event cost £10 each, and ran for nearly three hours last Thursday, March 24th, with money also being raised from a raffle – which included tickets to a Sheffield United match and two tickets to a show at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre – a ‘Name the Bear’ competition and an auction to see the “murder scene”, in a bid to solve the case.

One raffle winner was Andy Harrison, 20, from Sheffield, who said he was “thrilled” to have won three books by local author, and Sheffield Wednesday fan, Anthony Cronshaw.

Fellow attendee, Sarah Dixon, 22, from Sheffield, said, “I’ve had a great evening! It’s good that there has been a bar for us as well, so everyone is a bit ‘tiddled’!

“It’s something different for students, and people of my age too, as usually all we seem to do is go out into town at night. But this has been a real laugh, and I’ve enjoyed it far more than I thought I would do.”

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The main section of the night involved the guests going around in groups of five or six quizzing the actors about who was the murderer, with everyone in good spirits thanks to the inexpensive bar, and free food that was available.

One of the Trio Events team, Emma Head, 20, originally from Workington in Cumbria, told me: “The event went smoothly without a hitch, and everybody had fun.

“Thanks to the attendees being in such great spirits, and our effective management, we raised £452.39! We were all really proud of ourselves, and also of the actors and volunteers who made it possible to pull off such an amazing event.

“We know the money we raised will make a difference to the two very worthwhile charities.”

One of the actors taking part in the evening was member of the Totley Operatic & Dramatic Society, Sarah Scott, who said the evening was ideal for her. She told me how much she “adores” amateur dramatics, and how important the charity aspect of an evening such as this is. My full interview with Sarah is posted below.

The evening was organised as part of a final year university project, so it is still unknown whether Trio Events will be holding any further events in Sheffield.

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