Christmas in Victorian London. Snow, gas lamps, snow ball throwing ragamuffins in woollen scarves wrapped as tight as tight can be, purveyors of hot roasted chestnuts and more carol singers than you can pack into St Pauls just roaming the streets trilling about the joys of the season.
Only the most miserly would hate this time of year. It is, as they say, the season to be jolly, fa la la la la, la la, la la.
The problem is… despite the festivities and the warmth of Christmas cheer abounding in the streets it seems someone had murder on their mind.
Barley was dead to begin with…. There’s no doubt whatsoever about that. The question is – who killed him?
Dusty Gifts – the Ghost of Christmas Past
A slightly androgynous character of varying size and shape, the only thing you can be sure of, is that you’re haunted!
Lotta Wrappin – The Ghost of Christmas Present
Full of jolly cheer, and totally into decoration of any type, Lotta is a joy to be around if a little sore on the eyes.
Ena Whyle – The Ghost of Christmas Future
Somewhat intense and not a little disturbing, Ena Whyle loves her long cloaks and rarely shows her face.
Wanda Scratchitt – Ivan’s Fiancée
A comely but not unattractive woman, Wanda spends a lot of time engaged in domestic tasks and looking out for her bethrothed.
Ivan Itch – Junior office Clerk (well, only office clerk)
Struggling to make ends meet, Ivan dresses as smartly as he can in regularly mended hand-me-downs of varying size.
Bill Sarhuge – Jacob Barley’s business partner
A wealthy white haired miser, Bill’s clothes are extremely worn and nearly as old as he is.
A participative murder mystery evening is an evening with a difference.
Rather than going out for a meal and being “entertained” by our professional team of actors, here YOU are the suspects!
Participative murder mysteries are great fun for those who love to “ham it up”. If you are chosen as a suspect on the evening you’ll be given your character booklet for the night which will contain any lines you must deliver. You’ll also be given information that your character knows about other suspects and background information you will be revealing about your character throughout the evening. If you need any props we’ll provide them too, all you need to do is turn up, in costume and be prepared for a great night out!
You will be led through the mystery by an inspector, who will be providing you with case information as the evening progresses, as well as helping you all to get in the mood. At the end of the night the inspector will also deliver a summary before you have to guess which of you did the dirty deed. Finally, at the end of the evening, the inspector will reveal all by providing the solution and arresting the guilty party! (Don’t worry – all arrested guests are returned!)
A typical evening runs like this:
7.00pm – Arrive at your venue. Have a drink at the bar and admire each others’ costumes. Depending on the mystery plot you might also be greeted by the “soon to be deceased”. Your character booklets will be provided as you arrive to give you time to “get in character” and if you are chosen as a suspect as part of a larger gathering then you will also be briefed.
7.40pm – The murder is announced! (usually by a scream!)
7.45pm – The inspector arrives and announces the mystery. You will be asked to introduce yourselves.
7.55pm – You are escorted through to your dining table for your first course.
8.10pm – You will led into the first round of evidence gathering, questions and answers.
8.35pm – The inspector will provide more information and you will be served by your main course.
8.50pm – You will led into the second round of evidence gathering, questions and answers.
9. 15pm – The inspector will provide more information and you will be served by your dessert course.
9. 30pm – You will led into the third round of evidence gathering, questions and answers.
9.45pm – You will be served with coffee. The inspector will provide a summary and ask you to provide any concluding statements before guessing “who did it”.
10.00pm – The solution is provided.
This evening is suitable for ages 17 and over.
The plot contains references to brothels, paying for sex, unwanted pregnancy, and some dead animals!