Murder Mayhem and Moonshine – Large group script

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The year is 1929. It’s the era of Prohibition and Chicago is divided by gang warfare.

Tonight the Rexington Hotel is hosting a Temperance Society Meeting, but events are overshadowed by a gangland killing right outside their door.

Buns Meringue, notorious leader of the Northside Gang is found lying in a pool of blood in an alleyway outside. He is riddled with bullets.

The Rexington is owned by Al Cologne, the most feared man in Chicago so the place is crawling with his gang. Who’s the goon who did this and why?

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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 Schnozzer
– The man of the law sent to solve the crime
Efficient in his own peculiar way, Inspector Schnozzer has an unusual method of solving crimes – he involves everyone!

Al Cologne – Boss of the Chicago Outifit.
Cutting a dash in his pin-striped suit and fedora Al’s one scary mobster. But don’t be fooled, Al’s a bit of pussycat really and hides his moonshine in a perfume bottle.

May Cologne – Wife of Al Cologne.
A posh totty who won’t stand for any messing, May wears long gloves and looks down her nose at the molls who hang around the Rexington Hotel.

Jock “Mad Dog” McBurn – Mobster.
Wearing tartan trews, and a Tam O’Shanter, Mad Dog’s a spiffy-looking argumentative Scot who could shoot you as soon as look at you.

‘Sugar’ Meringue – Chorus girl and wife of Buns Meringue.
Regaled in her flapper dress, headband and feather boa, Sugar’s quite the modern gal, and so sweet and alluring, she could fool anyone.

’Bottles’ Cologne – Al’s brother and the brains behind the Chicago Outfit.
With his distinctive s-s-stammer and ‘bottle-top’ glasses, B-b-bottles dresses in brown factory overalls and has a clipboard to hand.

Mrs Roody – Landlady of a boarding house.
Frowsy and blousy, Mrs Roody thinks she’s a bit of a babe, but her dirty housecoat, laddered stockings and fluffy slippers hide nothing.

Additional characters in the 9 cast game:

Mayor Blindeye – Mayor of Chicago.
With his slicked back hair, gilded chain of office and freshly picked red carnation, Mayor Blindeye would look dapper if it were not for his paunch and his tightly-stretched waistcoat.

Mamma Meringue – Owner of a bakery on Northside and mother of Buns Meringue.
In her baker’s pinny and cap, Mamma’s a rolling-pin wielding virago, with a tray full of her legendary meringues to hand she won’t take no for an answer.

Additional characters in the 11 cast game:

Officer Boosey – Bureau of Prohibition agent.
In his trench coat and trilby, Boosey’s come to sniff out contraband liquor and puts anything liquid on the menu into one of his test-tubes.

Sister Indignacia – A nun on the run.
With a habit a little bit short for propriety, and her crucifix studded with jewels, Indignacia’s not quite as holy as you’d think in her high heels and make-up.

Additional characters in the 13 cast game:

Frankie Gooseberry – Mobster and member of the Northside Gang.
Wearing a sharp suit and fedora, Frankie’s part of a special crew set up by Meringue.

Luisa Wolf – ‘The Blonde Alibi’
A peroxide blonde, with a glitzy flapper dress , Luisa is loyal, through and through, she’s one broad who always stands by her man.

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.

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.

1 review for Murder Mayhem and Moonshine – Large group script

  1. Once again Red Herring has come through. This was our church’s 7th successful fund raiser. Our cast really gets into their characters. We all have fun with the character. A lot of ad-libs are added to the base scripts provided. We have quite a resourceful group. One even used make-up to draw a scar on his face. The first question our guests ask when the event is over is “when is the next one going start?”.

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This game is rated Mature
This game contains:

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

A murder - violence suggested.
Comic Mischief - Depictions or dialogue involving slapstick or suggestive humour.
Suggestive Themes - Prostitutes and their behaviour are mentioned in the plot.
Sexual innuendo. Acting as if attracted to particular characters is suggested in the character backgrounds.
Drugs - use of legal drugs is mentioned
Alcohol reference - reference to and/or images of alcoholic beverages.


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