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The following is a letter we sent to all our event partners and venues, describing how we can perform to live audiences safely during these times. Please be assured, we are following government protocol.

Dear Event Partner

In the light of the Covid-19 restrictions, we have completely reviewed how to perform our Murder Mystery performances. We believe we have made the changes that will allow us to provide safe performances following government guidelines, in Covid safe venues.

Almost every aspect of our regular performances would have been against current restrictions, so we have come up with very creative solutions, which avoid interaction between the actors and the audience. We will be utilising social media and Zoom conference calling to do this, so your venue must allow for decent wifi, or at least access to 4G.

Below we go through each one of the government restrictions on how we aim to achieve this, and also whether it is our responsibility or the venue’s to achieve it. We intend to share this with the guests, and also have plans to provide a funny video with one of the characters explaining the changes.

We know that government restrictions change on a regular basis, and we will adjust these rules in line with the current advice.

As any events with dancing to music is prohibited, we think Murder Mysteries will be a popular option for parties at Halloween and Christmas.

We look forward to working with you again, safely.

Manage capacity and overcrowding

Venue responsibility. All the tables must be socially distanced, and less than 6 people with government restrictions. Track and trace measures are the responsibility of the venue, and details can be taken when tickets are sold. There  are sufficient breaks in our performance that people can visit the toilet etc without crowding.

Staging and capacity

We will not be going round the tables all night like we do in our usual performances. We are only performing two actor shows during this period, which cuts contact down, and there will only be one small part of the show when we are at tables. During this section, the actors will wear the Perspex screen style face masks, as waiters do when going to tables. We will also ensure we try and keep a safe social distance in this section.

For the rest of the show, everything will be at a distance. The actors will be at the front of the room, and a projector will be set up with a screen or the wall, showing a Zoom video call. For the guests to join in with playing the suspects and being questioned, they will call into the Zoom call on their phones from the tables. (this requires access to fairly decent wi-fi at the venue, or at least a decent 4G signal).

We will also not be giving evidence print outs like we normally do. This will be posted on our social media sites for guests to view, and also put on the projector screen during breaks.

To reduce contact, we will also not be providing the replica police hats that we normally leave on the tables, or pencils. Guests will be informed on purchase of ticket that if they want to make notes, they will have to bring their own pads and pens.

The vote at the end will be done on social media. With a winner being picked at random.

Managing audiences

The show has been tailored to keep them in their seats, and the actors away from them, but we will be taking further measures. Safety precautions will be explained to guests before the show.

We will also discourage booing and cheering, which is normally encouraged. We will replace this with clapping for cheering, and banging the table for booing.

Moving around the building

This will be the responsibility of the venue. The actors will abide by these rules.

Charity collection

We will unfortunately not be doing our usual charity collection for Manchester Mind, but will have a link to a Just Giving page on our Facebook page should anyone like to contribute.


The government advise cloakrooms to be closed. At our shows, guests can put their coats on the back of their chairs.

Food and drink

We encourage venues to take food orders prior to the show if possible.


Here is a link to the government advice if you wish to match our mitigations up with their restrictions:

Company Privacy Policy

How We Use Your Information

Robert Ireland (Creative Director, and sole trader t/a Laugh and Let Die ) is the “Data Controller” of the personal data that you have provided to us, and we are required to keep your data safe and secure in line with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).

The only information we collect from guests to Laugh and Let Die shows is email addresses, and they are used for the sole purpose of sending information about future Laugh and Let Die shows. We will never give your email addresses to anyone else, unless it is one of our business partners for the sole purpose of advertising one of our events. By providing us with your email address, you agree to us using it for this purpose, but you may opt out of further communication at any time.

This privacy notice explains what information we collect and why, who we may share it with, how long we keep it, what your rights are in relation to it, and how you can contact us or the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) if you have any questions or complaints.

Your Rights

Under data protection law, you have a number of rights that you can exercise if you are unhappy with the way your data is being used, or wish to know more about the data we hold about you. Where you contact us about one of the following rights, we will action your request within 1 calendar month unless the request is complicated or large scale – in which case we may contact you to notify you if we require an additional month to comply with your request. There is no charge associated with any of these rights.

Right What this right involves and how to exercise it

Right to Withdraw Consent Where you have given your consent for your data to be processed, you have the right to withdraw that consent at any time.

Right of Access

You have the right to request a copy of all of your personal data that we process (only your email address, we do not request, or keep, anything else). This request can be made in writing, by email, or over the phone. We will need to verify your identity before we process your request.

Right to Rectification

You have the right to have any incorrect data that we hold about you corrected, or any incomplete data finalised.

Right to Erasure If you believe that the data we are processing is no longer necessary, or we no longer have a legal group for processing it, you can request that your data is permanently erased.

Right to Restriction of Processing

If you believe that the data we are processing is inaccurate, or that we are processing it unlawfully, you can request that we temporarily restrict the use of that data until we can establish whether it should be permanently rectified or erased.

Right to Data Portability

You can request that your personal data is provided, via a commonly used, machine-readable format, to another data controller.

Right to Object

If you feel that we do not have a legitimate lawful basis for processing your personal data, you can object to the processing which may result in us no longer processing specific categories of data. You also have a specific right to object to your personal data being processed for the purposes of direct marketing if you do not wish to receive marketing communication from the Data Controller.

Rights in relation to Automated Decision Making If a decision is made about you based solely on automated processing, you have the right to request a “human” review of this decision.

How To Contact Robert Ireland t/a Laugh and Let Die

Robert Ireland is the Data Controller who determines how your data is processed and can be contacted via their registered office at:

71 Queens Road


M41 9HF

Tel: 07932 116 573

The appointed Data Protection Officer can be contacted as above, or by email at:

Your Right to Lodge a Complaint

If you are unhappy with the way that Great Places has processed your personal data, or you feel that we have breached the relevant legislation, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioners Office. The ICO can be contact via any of the following options:

Postal: Information Commissioners Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane




Telephone: 0303 123 1113 (local rate) or 01625 545 745 (national rate)

Fax: 01625 524 510


Web Form:

If you or someone you know would like a copy of this document in any other format,

please contact the Data Protection Officer

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