‘Tis a cold, frosty Christmas Eve and the snow falling outside is only becoming heavier. The lavish Turtle Dove Hotel is handing out complimentary mulled wine and has bedecked its function room with all the trimmings as it prepares to host The Snowbiz Players annual yuletide production. This year’s extravaganza is to be a modern musical interpretation of It’s A Wonderful Life, but rumours suggest it’s going to be a real turkey!
Unfortunately, what should be an evening of comfort and joy is beginning to look a lot like foul play. The hotel’s owner, tight-fisted, cold-hearted Don Kee, also starring in the show’s lead role, is discovered dead just moments before the curtain is due to rise on opening night.
Someone has committed Murder Most Festive this evening, but who has been up to snow good…?
Large Group Murder Mystery Game
It’s a Wonderful Death – Large group script
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Whats in the kit
How do these games kits work?
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 a 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.
Introducing the suspects
The inspector can be played by a male or female person but is essential to make the game format work. We suggest you cast your primary “Organizer” in this role. Or have the most organised as a supporting role to the inspector to keep the game moving along and hand out information at the right time.
Inspector Baubles – The policeman responsible for solving the crime
Efficient in their own peculiar way, has an unusual method of solving crimes – they involve everyone!
Perry Christmas – Innkeeper.
In a dressing gown and carrying a tea towel, there’s no room at Perry’s inn this evening. They’ve been too busy directing this cracker of a show!
Bill Der Snowman – Set builder.
Partial to a slice of stollen during the holiday, Bill is never seen without their yellow helmet, dungarees and trusty toolbox.
Reese A Laying – Ugly Sister.
Dressed as loudly as their personality, Reese has handled the show’s publicity and loves to be the centre of attention.
Sam Tababy – The Star of the Show.
Local celebrity Sam has turned out befittingly all in gold and is all set to shine in the lead role this evening.
Frankie Sense – Panto villain.
In pointed sorcerer’s hat and wearing malevolent blacks and purples, this pushy entrepreneur won’t let a little thing like Christmas get in the way of business!
Ashley Pindahay – Sheep.
Baa humbug! Covered in fluffy cotton wool and coming straight off a busy Christmas Eve shift, Ashley hasn’t had much time to prepare for their role.
Need something bespoke?
Customise this game
This game can be customised to fit your event for an additional fee.
It’s hard to give “ball park” figures for what different customisations would cost however we’ve attempted to HERE.
Please do contact us for a free quote if you would like any customisations on your game before purchase.
Remember… if you just need 1 extra person, or 1 less person, why not have someone play the inspector role?
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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