Jury Duty

London’s new immersive game summons all willing participants to see if they can solve the crime .. but what’s the verdict on this jury experience? We thought we would take it to Trial to see for ourselves..

Jury Games’ interactive show takes you on a role-playing adventure where you become a jury member, ultimately deciding the fate of the accused. With clues hidden around the room to help you solve the crime and the opportunity to interrogate the suspect yourselves, your team of up to 14 players must use initiative and intelligence to uncover the facts. 

Integral resources are all provided and no prior knowledge of any courtroom procedures or terminology is needed. This makes the thrilling event accessible to all abilities, regardless of actual jury experience.

Situated near Bank tube station, you can easily find Theatre Deli on Leadenhall Street. Upon arrival you are greeted by your game coordinator (we had Jack playing the role of Chris) and they lead you to an office where you spend the duration of your visit. The room is set out like a standard meeting room with a large desk, TV screen, storage unit containing clearly labelled evidence and a roll out banner with helpful information for easy reference. There is also a cafe to purchase refreshments before or after.

Your coordinator stays in the room almost the whole time, gently guiding your team through the process and answering any questions. We had Chris (real name Jack) who navigated our team to ensure we didn’t miss out on any vital clues.

There is a lot of information to digest initially however it doesn’t feel overwhelming due to the clarity and comfortable pace.

The brief was provided in different forms to accommodate the individual way we all process information. The outline was read out to us and also displayed in a PowerPoint presentation. A laptop was also provided with a database for more clues. Chris was very helpful throughout, being careful not to ruin the fun by giving too much away.

There is pen and paper provided for taking notes and a full white board wall with dry erase pens so you can scribble away and feel like a real detective. You also get to interrogate your suspect, uncovering the story further and answering any questions you may have.

The acting was convincing from both roles during the game. Harry was particularly believable, cleverly portraying an anxious defendant with an unstable testimony.

Surprisingly, participants are encouraged to use their phones throughout as some of the clues are sent via email, voicemail and text message. Even though this is an original idea, whilst being utterly immersed in a game, it is slightly distracting from the task at hand to keep an eye on your phone.

There is a minimum requirement of three people to play Jury Duty, which is appropriate due to amount of steps needed to reach the final verdict but don’t panic if you don’t have enough players as you are put together with other participants to form a larger group. You are given 90 minutes to solve the crime so no rushing is necessary. 

Overall the detailed storyline is interesting, intricately curated and results in a thoroughly enjoyable experience. The difficulty is challenging but achievable therefore making it a great group activity, especially for team bonding.

All the evidence leads to a unanimous verdict that you’re sure to have fun time at Jury Duty. This game is guilty of being a unique activity and hereby sentences you to an hour and a half of exciting problem solving. It would be criminal to miss out!

This experience was reviewed on the 9th March 2024.  Jury Duty runs at Theatre Deli Leadenhall booking through until July 2024.  Tickets available here: Jury Duty Live In London | Immersive Game (jurygames.com)

Review written by Lauren Atkinson

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