Murder Within Tent – Large group script

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14 people have been anonymously invited on a free two week camping trip at a recently modernised but remote campsite in the Highlands of Scotland. The campsite, owned by a Mr Andy Field, is actually an old Scouting and Guiding site that has been updated to include all the facilities necessary for a top rated campsite.

During the day, 12 of the campers arrive and set up their tents and it soon becomes obvious that apart from one other tent that was already up before they arrived, they are the only ones staying at the site. As night falls, one of the lady campers visits this lone tent and makes a grisly discovery – inside the tent is the dead body of a woman!

Who is she? And how did she die?

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The inspector 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:
Andy Field – The owner of the campsite and the one responsible for solving the crime
Efficient in his own peculiar way, Andy Field has an unusual method of solving crimes – he involves everyone!

Doug Latreen – Managing Director
Never without the latest in camping accessories and clothing, Doug Latreen is an immaculate modern camper with a ruthless professional and practical streak.

Tara Pawlin – Newspaper reporter
Undercover and always a dangerous person to give exclusives to, Tara is dressed as an average camper, average that is, if she had a clue what camping was about!

Guy Ropes – Adventure holiday salesperson
Dressed like Indiana Jones without the whip, Guy has an enormous capacity for adventure and a dangerous enthusiasm for anything and everything!

Barbie Kew – Air Stewardess
In excellent shape and bored with wearing an unrevealing uniform at work, Barbie Kew’s off duty dress code is always slightly too young, and very revealing.

Walter Proof – Dentist
Good looking and dressed to impress, Walter Proof is always willing to lend a hand to any tenting damsel in distress that flashes him a winning smile.

Sally Forth – Butcher
Dressed practically and always willing to lend a hand with the cooking, Sally Forth is fun loving and ready for anything.

Additional characters in the 9 cast game:

Billy Canne – One of the rich unemployed
Turned out in designer gear and with designer tent, Billy Canne has wealthy parents and a spoilt attitude.

Peggy Tin – Insurance salesperson
Totally unprepared for the rigours of camping, but very well insured, Peggy Tin has dressed impractically, but looks very very smart in her heels.

Additional characters in the 11 cast game:

Gaz Tove – Librarian
In socks and sandals, polyester, tank top and with wide rimmed spectacles and Brylcreemed hair, Gaz Tove is your typical librarian, even his camping equipment is stored alphabetically!

Honor Slope – Mobile manicurist
Never without her manicure set, Honor Slope is immaculately turned out and only too happy to show off her newly painted toenails.

Additional characters in the 13 cast game:

Lee Key
– Web Designer
Used to working from home Lee Key is casual and comfortable in his ancient trainers and ripped jeans.

Polly Bag
– Shop Assistant
More used to attending festivals than campsites, Polly Bag dresses in combat pants, has a lot of piercings and some very wild hair, but is a thoroughly lovely and caring person.

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.

1 review for Murder Within Tent – Large group script

  1. I can’t believe nobody has written a review about this plot! Maybe, like me, been meaning to do it, but not got round to it yet. We had a brilliant weekend – I’m fortunate enough to have a large garden and had 6 tents pitched so that guests could stay overnight. Jo was a great help in accommodating my ‘extra’ character for a small charge – this meant that I could include everybody in the plot. There were 15 of us in total, and although quite a few of us had done Murder Mystery’s before there were 6 people [including my boss!] that were total novices, but everybody agreed that it was such good fun. I’m looking to make a large Murder Mystery event an annual event and have the Fete Accompli already booked in for next summer!

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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.

Purchase Options

Earn up to 174 Loyalty Points.

This game is rated Mature
This game contains:

Content that may be suitable for persons ages 17 and older.
Bullying Themes - The dead were known bullies of their Scouting and Guiding charges.
Sexual Themes - Mild. Characters are supposed to interact in a flirting way.
A murder - violence suggested, and references to horror writing and rabbit killing.


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Flexible and fun!

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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