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Dastardly Deeds at Duff House’s Midsummer Murder Mystery Party

30 May 2012

       Duff House

An evening of intrigue, interactive entertainment, murder and mystery awaits you at Duff House on Thursday 21st June 2012.

The evening was inspired by a Victorian painting, The Quarrel of Oberon and Titania by Sir Joseph Paton, part of the Duff House Masterpiece Series from the National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh.

Rachel Kennedy, Duff House Manager said: “Come along for an evening of Victorian intrigue in the beautiful and elegant setting of Duff House and see if you can solve the clues to find out who committed murder!”

The Earl, the Artist and the Model met in Paris in 1846.  They had no idea they were starting a chain of events that would catch up with them in the north of Scotland twenty years later.  A series of indiscreet revelations shatter the thin veneer of respectability as old emotions, suspicions and recriminations explode.
Murder is the only way out.
Doors open at 7:15 pm and the performance begins at 7:45. The evening includes wine and canapes.

Tickets are priced at £21.00 with £1 off for multiple ticket sales.

Be warned, tickets are selling fast!

Call 01261 813003

For information

The painting is an imaginative interpretation of an incident in Shakespeare’s play ‘A Midsummer Night’s  Dream’. Oberon and Titania, king and queen of the fairies,  quarrel over the possession of a changeling (a human child carried off to the fairy realm and replaced by a fairy child).

In 1850 the painting captivated Lewis Carroll, the author of ‘Alice in Wonderland’, who counted 165 fairies.

Notes for Editors

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For further information

Jennifer Johnston-Watt
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8070 or 07827 956 866