Death at the Distillery – Large group script

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In the quiet Scottish Island of Islayabout nothing ever happens. Life goes on, much as it has for countless years, springtime, tourist season, harvest, Hogmanay, Burns Night.

This afternoon the whisky baron of Glen Frick Whisky distillery, Toby Mory, was found in a vat full of his finest Malt! And he wasn’t treading water while he sampled the latest batch – oh no! He was dead – murdered no less!

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The inspector/facilitator role is essential for the game to work. He/she facilitates the entire evening.

The other characters can be taken from the audience and briefed before game play starts, OR you can select a group to play your suspects in advance of the night and give them time to get fluent in their roles and answers.

The rest of the guests are fully included in the game as they’ll be asking questions throughout the night.

Essential Cast:

Inspector U.B. McNicked – The policeman sent to solve the crime
Efficient in his own peculiar way, Inspector U.B. McNicked has an unusual method of solving crimes – he involves everyone!

Blast McGrouse – Game Keeper
In well worn deer stalker hat and scruffy tweed jacket, Blast McGrouse is lucky never to have been shot himself, he blends so well into the heather.

Misty Harr – Ferry Director
As director of the ferry company that runs to and from the Far Outer Hebrides, Miss Misty Harr always wears a smart business suit.

Ben Nevis – A key member of the mountain rescue team
In thermals and waterproof gear, Ben Nevis is never without his crampons, walking stick and faithful rope.

Iona Fiddle – Tour boat operator
With binoculars, baseball cap and “Loch Mess Monster Tours” emblazoned across her clothing, Iona Fiddle would be easy to pick out in a crowd.

Mac Theknife
– Jazz artist
With or without his saxophone, Mac Theknife is the cool cat of Jazz, dressing totally in black.

Paula Nother – Barmaid
With a short skirt, high heels, fishnet tights and a low cut top to show off all her assets, Paula works hard to please all her regular punters.

Additional characters in the 9 cast game:

Duncan McDonut – Policeman
In or bursting out of his uniform, Duncan likes doing stake outs the best, especially if he’s managed to stop off at the bakers on the way.

Kate Nessglass – Local gift shop owner
In ethnic clothing and smelling of incense, Kate is a little like the gifts she sells in her shop: interesting, but quite useless.

Additional characters in the 11 cast game:

Ian McSlurry – Sewerage worker
As number one in the number two business Ian McSlurry is never far from his oilskins and trusty wrenches.

Eileen Donner – Owner of the local Kebab shop
With apron and fish slice ever to hand, Eileen is always ready to make really fast food.

Additional characters in the 13 cast game:

Phil McCavity – Dentist
In trousers and tunic Phil McCavity takes an interest in everyone’s smiles.

Ena Bannock – Coffee shop owner
Underneath the apron, Ena always dresses to coordinate with her floral tablecloths.

These games require 7-13 cast and involve the rest of the audience by getting them to ask pre-set questions – which are provided to them on paper by the inspector at the start of each round.

They run in a similar way to a dinner party, so are an ideal first choice for novice hosts and acing teams with little or no experience running large scale events.

These games work best as a sit down event with 6-12 tables of guests, with a suspect on each table.

As a rough guide these mysteries take approximately 2-3 hours to complete with a three course meal.

During the game the audience will listen to five short sets of dialogue from the cast and pose pre-scripted questions (which the cast answer with pre-scripted answers). There are three rounds which can be evenly spread throughout the night or, if preferred, the question and answer rounds can be bunched together into one large round.

At the end of the final round the guests are given time to decide who is the murderer, and once the guests have decided who did it, how and why (i.e. the murderer and motive) they will complete the answer sheet and hand it in.

How these games usually run.

Introductory Round: Introductions by the cast and the facilitator “inspector character”.
Rounds 1, 2 and 3: Scripted dialogue from the cast, followed by pre-set questions and answers.
Concluding Statements and solution: conclusions by the cast and denouement from the inspector.

There is one “inspector character” who acts as facilitator during the event and is essential to the cast.

Reducing the cast size will reduce the length of time required to solve the mystery.

2 reviews for Death at the Distillery – Large group script

  1. Death at the distillery was performed!!! At the village hall on Saturday evening and was an absolute hoot! We raised a fantastic £325.50 which is the icing on the cake towards our defibrillator fund, many thanks and we will be back once the cast have recovered

  2. We needed a MM for our family get together (30 people) We used the download kit and that’s where the fun started from putting together the invitations to dreaming up goodie bags for all the guests. We needed a couple of extra parts for two grand children and made up assistants to two characters Paul Ice for UB McKnicked and Nessie Loch for Kate Nessglass. They shared the roles and it gave the children a lot of confidence in performing in front of the assembled company. The event itself was a roaring success and so much ad libbing from the cast made for an enjoyable evening. Great kit, well written and a blast!!

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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 Mature
This game contains:

content that may be suitable for persons ages 17 and older.
Including:

Sexual Themes - Mild references to dating.
Use of Alcohol - The consumption of alcoholic beverages.
A murder - violence suggested.
Comic Mischief - Depictions or dialogue involving slapstick or suggestive humour
Crude Humour - Depictions or dialogue involving vulgar antics, including “bathroom” humour
References to spiritualism and other "new age" practises (nothing serious - more for comedy value).

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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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