midsummermurders

Midsummer Murders

The hub of the small village of Marsh Mallow is the Swan hotel which has just undergone a massive extension; in spite various objections raised by some of the wealthy land owners who live on the periphery; and the discovery of a dead body in the grounds during the landscaping.

Despite the hitches, Ali Weals, owner of the hotel, planned to open the extension doors for the first time this evening to her guests.

Wanting to host an opening night to remember – Ali’s wishes are fulfilled in ways she hadn’t imagined when the evening is disrupted by a bloody murder enquiry.

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This Game is Rated:

Mature

This game contains:

Content that may be suitable for ages 17 and older.

Including:
Murder – Four murders are undertaken, so violence is suggested.
Suggestive Themes – Mild provocative references or materials, love tangles mentioned.
Mature Themes – including marital affairs, sexual relationships outside wedlock, gambling and heavy drinking.

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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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:

Rex Carze (son of Rusty Carze)
Rich, playboy show-off, Rex oozes natural charm and is very popular amongst his peers.

Robin Carze (son of Rusty Carze)
Responsible and dependable, Robin Carze is a model local landowner who invests heavily in the community.

(ROBIN AND REX ARE OFTEN PLAYED BY THE SAME PERSON)

Astra Carze (wife of Robin Carze)
Refined and agreeable on the eye, Astra Carze is fully versed in social etiquette. Other than her work on the church fundraising committee she is quite the ‘lady of leisure’.

Ali Weals (hotel owner)
The life and soul of the village, she is full of fun and good cheer. Ali is keen to make the most of her opening night and wants to wow her guests.

Jack Tupp (mechanic)
Hardly ever out of overalls, you are quite a charmer and very much a ‘downtown man’ looking for an ‘uptown girl’.

Joy Ryder (local kennel owner)
Part of the horsey set and dressing very much in the country casual style, Joy has land and position and is very well connected.