An Italian Job!

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Surely there is no better way to celebrate a special occasion with a loved one than to take them out for a meal? And when it comes to cuisine, there is nothing more romantic than Italian food!

Which is why, tonight, the Baldini restaurant is full to bursting with guests, and all the waiting and kitchen staff are busy, busy, busy!

With a restaurant packed to overflowing with dewy eyed eaters, the last thing anyone needs is a murder – but, when the chef’s body is discovered in the kitchen, the quiet romantic diners are drawn into the investigation by a screaming waitress and it is suddenly up to them to solve the case!

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The Cast:

Detective Inspector I. B. Cluelessi
– The policeman sent to solve the crime
Efficient in his own peculiar way, Ivan Berto Cluelessi has an unusual method of solving crimes – he involves everyone! If anything he is more like a bungling detective than a methodical one, but it has to be said, he does get results.

Cristian Baldini – Restaurant Owner
Wearing a relaxed casual business suit, Cristian likes to keep an eye on his restaurant staff and frequently does his paper work where he can get access to regular refills of coffee.

Luigi Savini – Maitre D’
Tall, dark and handsome, Luigi wears the typical black suit and bow tie of a Maitre D’.

Nadia Addario – Waitress
An attractive Italian waitress in black skirt and white blouse. Nadia is often clumsy and is known for dropping things within the kitchens and among guests, however she is easy to like and very friendly.

Anna Maria Renzetti – Waitress
With dark hair, dark eyes and full lips, Anna Maria is a very beautiful woman, her figure accentuated further by the short dark skirt and white blouse.

Benito Pallino – Kitchen Porter.
A typical Italian male with dark hair and dark eyes, Benito is muscular and quite ruggedly handsome.

Daniela Calasso – Waitress
A true Italian beauty, Daniela is positively dazzling in her waitress’s black skirt and white blouse.

Never run a large group mystery before? Then don’t panic!

This format of game is ideal for novice hosts.

This particular game format requires 7 (or 8) cast who can also participate as “detectives” to if wished, use of 1 large room with stage area, and a few easy to obtain prop clues.

This mystery requires very little rehearsal time, and the cast do not need to learn any lengthy back story. Cast can usually manage to perform the short skits after just 30 minutes to an hour run through on the day, or can act “script in hand” throughout the performance.

Two murders occurs during the event. Usually one happens before the first script (and is announced within that script, and one occurs mid way through the evening.

Your guests will play the role of detectives. You can have any number of detectives, your only limit is the size of your room, and confidence of your cast. Performing for large groups over 100 in number, your cast may benefit from added sound support.

The audience will watch 2 fully acted scenes, witness two murders and will be required to solve the case by bartering and exchanging clues between the teams in order to see as much information about the case as possible.

This style of murder mystery usually works best with 40+ guests.

This murder mystery game includes:

Instructions for running this murder mystery.
Scripts for each round
Table Clues A and B
Guest instructions and Answer Sheet
Making the most of your theme- ideas for decoration / activities
Money off voucher towards next purchase

7 reviews for An Italian Job!

  1. We ran this game locally at our church. It was a roaring success! (Or should I say screaming). It is probably the best mystery night we have held so far. Stupid Italian accents, over the top acting and a lot of laughs for both the cast and guests. This game lends itself really well to small functions or hotel use as all the actors are cast as waiting staff so it means they can serve the meal in character. A brilliant night was had by all.

  2. This was our groups first attempt at anything like this. It was a lot of work preparing everything, but it was by far it was the most fun any of us have ever had. Our fundraiser event had over 100 people in attendance, and no one walked away dissappointed. Can’t wait to hold our next one!!!!

  3. We used this for our First time hosting a Murder Mystery Fundraising dinner for our Childrens Charity, it was a fantastic success and everyone enjoyed the night tremendously. We are now looking at hosting another and due to the success of this event, we are having to look for a bigger venue as we have so many people who want to attend!

  4. We’ve just used this murder mystery as the basis for our Volunteers’ Christmas party and it went down a storm. None of us had ever done anything like this before but found the whole package to be so user-friendly – an entertaining script, great ideas about how to stage it and all the clues and paperwork we could need. I thought that it was really good value too. All the cast enjoyed it so much that we’re already talking about what we’re going to do next.

  5. I want to thank you for all your help in putting on our murder mystery event. The night was a great success with even the management and staff in the restaurant saying how good it was. We had 49 attend and all of us had great food and great fun. I’ve now got calls to put on another one! Jesus says “You can do nothing without me.” So true. And not only did we have a great night of fellowship and craic, we also raised £620 for our missions projects. Thank you for guiding me towards buying a really funny mystery and for your helpful advice for the night.

  6. Hi… Just wanted to say that we recently used the ‘An Italian Job’ as part of a fund raising evening. It was a fantastic success!!! Everyone including the cast who played their roles brilliantly and the guests for the evening had a great time. The materials provided in the pack were easy to follow, it’s an easy to follow recipe for success. It’s true that the more preparation you do prior to the evening the more successful the evening. Wor-d has now traveled far and we are planning to hold more Murder Mystery events in the coming year… using the range of resources available from Red Herring Many thanks Jo for your help and advice

  7. Had a really enjoyable night on Saturday running the “Italian Job” It took quite a bit of time and effort to plan the event and print everything out but it was a roaring success on the night and well worth every minute of work. We enjoyed setting up the room as an Italian restaurant and the actors/actresses whose role was as a waiter/waitress helped with handing out the food which was a huge help. There were about 40 of us in attendance including the 7 actors and everyone really got into the drama of it all. People dressed up wonderfully and even managed to put on Italian accents. It was a fantastic night and one I would love to do again!

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We can customise this game.  However, sadly we do have to charge for this service as even minor customisations take between 1-2 hours to process in the office and we need to buy toilet roll and biscuits as much as the next person…

It’s hard to give “ball park” figures for what different customisations would cost however we’ve attempted to HERE.

Remember… if you just need 1 extra person, or 1 less person, why not add in the inspector as your extra guest.  The inspector can usually be male or female as the “for real” inspector can simply invent a new name for themselves.

Some hosts prefer to play the inspector role as it means they can work on the catering while the round plays out amongst their guests.

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This game is rated Teen
This game contains:

Content that may be suitable for ages 13 and older.

Murder - Once murder occurs pre-game and one during the game. Also references to poisoning rats.


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We contacted Red-Herring-Games for a party for a special occasion. Why going to restaurants to eat is the preferred activity to mark milestones is beyond me and my friends.   The choice of mystery was obvious, looking at the options from New Zealand on the web Red Herring stuck out from the international options.  A quick look at the site and games showed subtlety as well a range of choices.  The numbers you could have for each evening was important,  Red Herring had scaling options a good range of scenarios but most importantly were Jo and team being flexible, responsive and helpful.

Rachel McWilliam, Arts Development Officer, Lincs Inspire

Thank you Red Herring Games for the marvellous 'Murder!  Cargo Connections?' event that you organised for us as part of Museums at Night at the Fishing Heritage Centre in Grimsby. The whole evening went so well and was brilliant fun.  I know from all the feedback that our visitors had a fantastic time. It was really good working with you and I have no doubt that we will do again in the not too distant future.  

A. Nonymous (council employee)

I would like to thank you and your colleague for helping contribute towards our successful conference last month.  Everyone really seemed to enjoy the evening and it was rewarding that so many delegates were able to participate in addition to the main "Actors".  Our conference evaluation froms included the following comments:
  • "Enjoyed the evening entertainment!"
  • The evening entertainment was great and the confusion made it great fun!"
With thanks and best wishes.

Sarah Spencer (Cleethorpes Chronicle)

I had no idea what to expect before purchasing a ticket for Old, New, Borrowed, Blue, which was being staged at a nearby hotel, and feared it might involve taking part in some way. However thankfully for me no acting was necessary, just some amateur sleuthing. "Wedding guests" of which I was one, were called upon to move from room to room in the hotel in groups, questioning a number of possible murderers with the aim of solving the mystery of the dead bridegroom. The interviewees were really fun characters and gave us all some good laughs. Of course they all had motives and it was a case of identifying the shiftiest. The wedding theme was particularly good, as it fitted well with the venue, the buffet that was part of the evening (with a wedding cake in the middle) and the fact that everyone had been able to dress up to fit in without going to the trouble of fancy dress. I didn't think I had enough "evidence" to actually accuse anyone but later regretted not even writing down my first guess as it wouldn't have been too far off the mark. The evening was great fun and everyone seemed to enjoy it and take part. I would definitely recommend Old, New, Borrowed, Blue as good for getting even reluctant or first-time mystery party-goers involved.  

Alan Young (Personal Touch Mortgages)

What a cracking nights entertainment! We don't get out much nowadays with 2 kids and this was exactly what we were looking for in a good night out. Lots of fun with tongue firmly in cheek and everyone kept guessing whodunnit right to the very end. Would definitely attend another!!!!!  


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