“Murder in the Midwest”

22nd May 2020

7.30pm BST (2.30pm EST Matinee)

Join us for an evening of murder mystery fun with our live virtual interactive theatre brought directly to your living room via zoom!

£6.00

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THE STORY SO FAR…


Deep in the heart of Indian Territory lays the frontier town of Tombstone.  As the centre of the gold rush and a staging post for coaches, prospectors and settlers, Tombstone is a vibrant happening place.  At its heart stands the Crazy Horse Saloon; a watering hole for dusty cowboys, gunslingers and card-playing mavericks.  

With a swaggering Sheriff and a crack shot Deputy to keep the peace, the town is relatively safe as settler towns go. However, this evening, Wyatt Burp, the Deputy, is found dead up on his claim on the outskirts of town and the Sheriff is looking for answers.

We hope you’ve got your own posse assembled ready to join in!

If you haven’t gathered a team yet, then tell your friends to grab their gun, checkered shirts and cowboy hat and sling themselves into the saddle!  They better be quick about it if they want to join you – our events sell out fast!!  


What will you need on the night?

You don’t “need” anything – but you may want to have:
– a notebook and pen to hand
– some snacks and drinks 
– a posse of your own to help you solve the case.  Whether it’s just your family, or a group of friends on another video chat.

Remember – Zoom gets a bit cranky if you try to do too many things at once at the same time – so it’s a good idea to assemble your posse on another group ap e.g. Facebook messenger, houseparty, or whatsapp or have another member of the family signed into their zoom account separate to yours so you can discuss the case between all your friends as you as you go along.

If you think you’ll want to ask a question live – make sure you know how to work your webcam and have an operational mic.


How long will the evening last?


We’re aiming to wrap up within 2 hours.  So make sure you give yourself enough time in to play and don’t have another place to be!

Meet the Suspects:

SISSY RUNAWAY – Saloon girl

A favourite of all the regulars at the Crazy Horse Saloon, Sissy Runaway is a skirt-swishing chorus girl-cum-singer-cum-barmaid-cum-chambermaid. She is never short of work and never short of men looking for favours.

She has an eye for powerful men, preferring those in uniform to the more regular cow herders and prospectors that frequent the saloon.

Rumour had it that she and Wyatt had ‘something going’.  

BUTCH SUNDANCE – Bartender

Butch Sundance is one of the most liked men in the whole of Tombstone.  He runs a tight saloon and the Crazy Horse is the only one that hasn’t had any stand-up fights within its walls since it opened. 

He’s not a particularly strong man, but he is well able to deal with drunks and doesn’t suffer fools gladly.  He also keeps a careful eye on the gambling at the tables and ensures fair play.  

Thanks to Butch’s careful management, the Crazy Horse Saloon is one of the few places that the Sheriff and Deputy feel safe to drink in when off duty.  

WILD BILL HICCUP – Prospector

Known for being a bit of a hermit, Wild Bill Hiccup is one of those gold prospectors you can smell before you can see.  

He tends to keep himself to himself up in the hills and is very protective of his claim.

He’s convinced that his claim contains hidden seams of the rare metal, but so far no one has seen any results from all his years of digging and panning.

CATASTROPHE JANE – Independent farm girl

Catastrophe Jane has been part of the Tombstone family since the day she was born.  Her mother died in childbirth and she was raised by her father, consequently turning into quite the tomboy.  It was no surprise to anyone she took over the running of the farm single-handedly when her father died.

She’s been mooning over Buffalo Will ever since she was in pigtails.  With just a few years between them in age, she has burned a candle for him for so long, it’s surprising he’s not got wax in his whiskers!  Even so, he still hasn’t noticed her attentive ways and at some point, she’s just going to have to lasso him like she does her cattle!

BUFFALO WILL – Hunter

Following a gut-wrenching heartbreak at 19 years of age, Buffalo Will threw himself into hunting in a big way.

Relentless in his pursuit of prey and with shooting skills that rival Annie Oakey-cokey’s sharp shooting act, Buffalo Will is always coming into town with pelts, furs and skins. Whilst his hunting prowess is apparent to all, the tales that go with each hide have the locals wondering. Buffalo Will is considered to be prone to exaggeration.  His words are always taken with a hefty pinch of salt!

ANNIE OAKEY-COKEY – Sharpshooter

A travelling showgirl, Annie Okey-cokey really shows everyone that “that’s what it’s all about!”

With sharpshooting skills that can split a card edge on and several other tricks up her sleeve to wow the crowds, she’s become a real celebrity and a ‘home girl made good’.

Having been with the Wild West Show for a number of years, Annie’s returned to Tombstone to re-visit her frontierswoman roots.   

Frequently Asked Questions

Over the course of an hour and a half we will be presenting a murder mystery play to you live on air.

Yes! It’s live rather than recorded.  This means whatever happens, happens!  It also means you can interact with the cast during the performance by asking questions via the text chat and they will respond to you!

There are three options available to you as viewers.  You can ask a question (formal) you can chat via text chat to other guests and the cast.  And you can “raise your hand” which we will ask you to do at the end when we get to “free style questions!”

The evening will break naturally into three sections.  With two sets of pictorial evidence to review and three scenes where the cast share information with you.  We will have two comfort break pauses and some time for you to draw some conclusions of your own at the end.

There will also be a live questioning session for serious sleuths who want to join us on the video feed to pose their own questions towards the end of the evening.  We probably won’t be able to get everyone up – but if you want that chance – do make sure you’re dressed appropriately and that you have a webcam and mic that both work.

No – don’t worry – no one else can see you.  If you want to sit in your pajamas stuffing your face with Ben and Jerries ice-cream – no one will be any the wiser!

HOWEVER – there will come a point in the evening where we will be inviting people who are interested in being live on air to join us to ask questions.  And if you think you’d like to do that, then be sure you’re dressed appropriately to the theme and sporting a great accent!  We’d love to see you in costume!  (Though it’s not compulsory!)

We will be asking for guesses at the end via a poll (that’s another thing you can do in the audience).  Obviously when we run events live this is all rather more exciting as there are prizes too – but for the virtual performances we simply can’t do that so we use the poll to see how many of you guess right, and then provide the solution at the end.

It’s very difficult creating an audience feel when we’re all in isolation.  But we really encourage you to build an audience of your own by getting friends along to the same event.

You will be able to chat openly via the text chat with people from other houses and other countries, but you don’t want to be revealing your hidden ideas like that – instead what we’d suggest is that you gather a group of friends via another chat medium like whatsapp, houseparty, googlehangouts or facebook messenger, or even have another device signed into a different zoom account so the two don’t contradict each other while the webinar is working.

By assembling a “posse” of your own in this way you get the experience of being in an audience as you’ll be able to chat with each other while the performance is acting out in front of you.  It’s also a fun thing to do together.

Sadly not – the links are unique.  They’re also unique to the email you used to sign up.  So if you have another zoom account in a different email address make sure you uninstall zoom and reinstall it fresh before you try to access the webinar.

We often get a few people who can’t sign in as they signed up with a different email address or tried to get two people in on one ticket.  Zoom gets really cranky if it thinks others are trying to access the private webinar.

Tickets sell out really quickly for our events, so if you want to collect some friends to play with – make sure you get them to sign up to the same event as you quickly!

Tickets are sold “per household” if you’re both in the same house and plan to watch the show on the same PC you only need 1 ticket.

Friends outside your house do need to sign up directly themselves to access the webinar. 

If you want to pay for your friends ticket – you can do – just use their email on registration – and pay using your Paypal account.  They’ll then get their own email to join!

We would recommend you try signing in from at least 7.15pm. This gives you 15 minutes to do some trouble shooting.

Troubleshooting tips…

If you have issues getting onto the zoom webinar there are a few things it could be…

1) your zoom account may not be the same one you used to sign up – you will need to ensure you sign in with an account linked to the email you signed up and paid with. Sometimes people have two zoom accounts, or have the ap already installed and it confuses zoom if you have a different account registered to a different email address. If you aren’t sure, try uninstalling zoom, before clicking on the link in the email and redownloading the software.   That way there’ll be no cookies causing issues for you.

2) zoom might just be “having a moment” and sometimes if you simply restart your PC it fixes the zoom ap.  This happens ALL THE TIME!  It’s not somethign we can fix, and we’ve no idea why turning the PC off and on helps. But it usually fixes it!  That’s one of the reasons we suggest signing in early!  It gives you a window to restart your PC.

3) you may have “shared” your ticket email with a friend. If you have, and they’ve signed in before you with that link then they have your place! Sorry – but that’s how it works. Every person needs their own ticket.

4) You might need a password – the password is provided in the invitation email.  If you haven’t got it or can’t find it on the night – look there.  It’s often located on that email in plain text near the link.

5) Try accessing the webinar on a different device. But make sure you shut the first device down before you do so the webinar doesn’t think you’re still in and trying access it twice.

If none of the above works – you can try calling us on +44 7985953768 

I’m afraid we won’t answer the phone after 8pm BST. As at that point we’ll be working all the tech.
We’ll ask you to try option 1 and 2 and 5 above. And other than that – we probably won’t have any other bright ideas – as the software is run by Zoom not us. So we probably won’t be able to help… but you never know… 

If you can’t get in after several attempts and miss the event do let us know by email and we’ll refund your ticket after we’ve checked the zoom attendees list for the webinar. If someone else signed in with your account, the webinar will log their attendance.