AnElizabethanExecution

An Elizabethan Execution

The year is 1570. Queen Elizabeth is on the throne, surrounded by her loyal courtiers, and England is at war with Spain.

Just this morning, with guile and cunning more usually seen in foxes graduating from cunning school, Lord Less, the Lord High Executioner has managed to extract the name of the Spanish mole in the palace, but before he can bring the news to the Queen, he is discovered dead at the bottom of a flight of stairs, his head, partially severed from his neck by an axe which looks to have been wielded by a decorative suit of armour.

Was his death an accident? Or is it more likely his murder was undertaken by the Spanish spy to conceal their identity. If so…who is it, and can anyone uncover the murderer before they strike again?

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This Game is Rated:

Mature

This game contains:

Content that may be suitable for ages 17 and older.

Including:
Murder – Two murders are undertaken, so violence is suggested.
Suggestive Themes – provocative references and materials throughout (typical of a blackadder episode), sexual humour, “Woofing”, rude gestures, and crude humour.

What is included?

Example pre-printed boxed set

  • Full instructions

  • Scripts for each cast member

  • Character background for each cast member

  • Cast guidelines for each cast member

  • Invitation flyer (which you can copy to requirements)

  • Guest handout (which you can copy to requirements)

  • Guest instruction handouts x 12 copies

  • Clue labels

  • Any additional printable files as needed for clues

  • Access to digital files if needed

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Sample

How it works:

If you’re looking for a murder mystery evening which supplies entertaining sleuthing while you dine, then our Dinner Theatre style murder mystery evenings are just what you are looking for.

Each mystery is designed to be run in one room within a hotel/restaurant setting during a three course meal.

There are five suspects (the cast). One murder occurs before the event (the discovery of the body usually begins the evening) and one murder occurs mid-way through the evening. The dead body usually comes back as the inspector for the denouement. You can have a separate actor play this role if you prefer.

A stage manager is also useful for this type of script.

These mysteries are written as interactive dinner theatre with a series of scripts as well as interactive questioning by the guests. The emphasis is fun and melodrama and the plays require an experienced set of actors to learn back story. This style of script is NOT for novice actors due to the amount of line learning, and requirement to be confident ad-libbing.

A good team of actors will usually need between 4-6 rehearsals, OR to learn the scripts and back story in advance and an intensive afternoon of rehearsals on the day before the show.

The plots require props and often theatre blood. These props are often not too difficult to obtain. It’s usually things like knives, glasses, guns (fake obviously!), and small stage props e.g. handbags. Sound effects are also often minimal. Though some plots do benefit from having access to a starter pistol.

Each “download and print at home” kit is provided as a zip file containing a set of PDF files for you to print at home, and a selection of MP3 files to use on the night.

Each dinner party game requires use of a printer and A4 paper (approx. 80 sheets for a 6 player kit – 240 sheets for a 20 player kit), envelopes so you can send out your invitations, and either a laptop or MP3 player (e.g. an ipod) to play the inspector MP3s; OR a CD burner so you can burn the MP3s onto a CD to run in an ordinary CD player.

When you order the game you’ll be sent a link to download the files you need.  The file will be a zip file.  This can be opened with a zip compatible program on your computer.  If you struggle to open zip files – we can email you the game directly over several emails instead – just contact us after purchase to arrange this.

You will download the following files:

  • How to use this game
  • Instructions for running the murder mystery
  • Making the most of your theme- ideas for decoration / activities.
  • Invitations
  • Character Booklets (available in single sided printer and double sided printer format)
  • Scripted for the inspector character (available in single sided printer and double sided printer format)
  • Solution script for the inspector character (needed when printing from the single sided copy)
  • MP3 files for the inspector character (dialogue and solution)
  • Hints and tips
  • Recipe suggestions
  • Money off voucher towards next purchase

This is the easiest way to play.  Everything you need will arrive in a box, pre-printed, directly to your door.

You will receive through the post:

  • Instruction booklet (includes hints and tips)
  • Invitations and envelopes for all the guests
  • Character booklets
  • CD of the inspector
  • Inspector script in a sealed envelope so you don’t find out the solution by accident!
  • Making the most of your theme and recipe suggestion booklet.
  • Money off voucher towards next purchase (printed inside the booklets)

We always ship within 24 hours meaning orders arrive as quickly as possible.

As each game is printed on demand, we can also provide a customisation service on any order.  See details further down the page on what we can do to tailor this game to your party.

Characters in the game:

Queen E. – Her Royal Highness
Spoiled and just a little silly, Queen E. can have a fiery temper when crossed and is not above sending people to the scaffold on a whim.

Molly Coddle -Lady-in-waiting
Slightly dotty but endearing none the less, Molly was Nursey to the young Queen and remains her closest and most trusted lady-in-waiting at the Royal Court.

Lord Filchitt – Chamberlain
Ever at the Queen’s ear, Lord Filchitt is one of the most powerful men in England and not afraid to demonstrate his loyalty to the throne by any means required.

Lord Edmund Vipernoir
 – Court advisor
Dashing and intelligent, Lord Vipernoir is somewhat Machiavellian in his outlook, but very charming in tights…

Bladderwrack – Servant
The intellectual equivalent of pond slime and probably as odorous, Bladderwrack has been the humble servant of the Vipernoir family for many years.