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She Surprised Shakespeare – Large group script

William Shakespeare understood women. His plays bring to life girls falling in love, women disguising themselves as men and queens scheming for power.

As an escape from all this excitement, the ladies can chill out at The Stratford Sanctuary for Heroines. No entry is allowed for any of Shakespeare’s male characters, regardless of how rugged or romantic they might be. So how is it that one of them is in the garden – dead? That was definitely not in the script!

When Fuddlesborough Football Club take on their rivals Chumley Arthritic in the Cup Final, the match ends with a shocking defeat and an even more shocking murder.

Fuddlesborough’s star player, Giovanni Costalotta, or ‘Italian Balls’ as he was known to his fans, is found dead in the showers.

There is a smear of blood on his cheek and a bar of soap at his feet.

There are two questions on everyone’s lips. Did Costalotta slip on the soap or was he pushed? If he was pushed, then why?

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This Game is Rated:

Teen

This game contains:

Content that may be suitable for persons ages 13 and older.

Including:
A murder – violence suggested.
Comic Mischief – Depictions or dialogue involving slapstick or suggestive humor.
Sexual themes – groping mentioned.
Suggestive Themes – Mild provocative references or materials.

What is included?

Example pre-printed boxed set

  • Full instructions

  • Script booklet for each cast member

  • Invitation flyer (which you can copy to requirements)

  • Invitations and envelopes for each cast member

  • Script for the inspector

  • Guest instruction handouts x 20 copies

  • Clue question sheets for guests

  • Solution in sealed envelope so inspector can play too

Reviews:

How it works:

How a large group works

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.

How does a “download and print at home” kit work?

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

How does a “Pre-printed box set” work?

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:

Essential Cast

Portia – The woman who is determined to solve the crime
Efficient in her own peculiar way, Portia has an unusual method of solving crimes – she involves everyone!

Titania – Queen of the Fairies.
Titania, queen of moonlit magic, dresses like a dream in gauze and sparkles.

Viola – Sweet voiced courtier.
Surviving on her wits in a foreign court, Viola is disguised as an elegant young man.

Rosalind – Exile in the forest.
Rosalind, playing a game of double bluff, is disguised as a young man in woodland colours.

Juliet – Young girl in love.
Although a symbol of the power of youthful passion, Juliet wears demure nightwear.

Nurse – Juliet’s nurse.
With a large heart and a large bosom, Nurse wears the uniform of a nanny.

Lady Macbeth – Ambitious Northerner.
Lady Macbeth dresses to show her status and heritage as wife of Scottish nobleman Macbeth.

9 Cast Game

Portia – The woman who is determined to solve the crime
Efficient in her own peculiar way, Portia has an unusual method of solving crimes – she involves everyone!

Titania – Queen of the Fairies.
Titania, queen of moonlit magic, dresses like a dream in gauze and sparkles.

Viola – Sweet voiced courtier.
Surviving on her wits in a foreign court, Viola is disguised as an elegant young man.

Rosalind – Exile in the forest.
Rosalind, playing a game of double bluff, is disguised as a young man in woodland colours.

Juliet – Young girl in love.
Although a symbol of the power of youthful passion, Juliet wears demure nightwear.

Nurse – Juliet’s nurse.
With a large heart and a large bosom, Nurse wears the uniform of a nanny.

Lady Macbeth – Ambitious Northerner.
Lady Macbeth dresses to show her status and heritage as wife of Scottish nobleman Macbeth.

Jessica – Runaway bride.
Jessica took her miserly father’s gold when she eloped. She’s enjoying splashing out on her clothes and jewellery.

Cleopatra – The glamorous Queen of Egypt.
An empress in her own right and a lover of great warriors. She usually wears drapes and African beads

11 Cast Game

Portia – The woman who is determined to solve the crime
Efficient in her own peculiar way, Portia has an unusual method of solving crimes – she involves everyone!

Titania – Queen of the Fairies.
Titania, queen of moonlit magic, dresses like a dream in gauze and sparkles.

Viola – Sweet voiced courtier.
Surviving on her wits in a foreign court, Viola is disguised as an elegant young man.

Rosalind – Exile in the forest.
Rosalind, playing a game of double bluff, is disguised as a young man in woodland colours.

Juliet – Young girl in love.
Although a symbol of the power of youthful passion, Juliet wears demure nightwear.

Nurse – Juliet’s nurse.
With a large heart and a large bosom, Nurse wears the uniform of a nanny.

Lady Macbeth – Ambitious Northerner.
Lady Macbeth dresses to show her status and heritage as wife of Scottish nobleman Macbeth.

Jessica – Runaway bride.
Jessica took her miserly father’s gold when she eloped. She’s enjoying splashing out on her clothes and jewellery.

Cleopatra – The glamorous Queen of Egypt.
An empress in her own right and a lover of great warriors. She usually wears drapes and African beads

Ophelia – Poor little rich girl.
The innocent victim of a royal tragedy. Ophelia wears a pale flowing dress and flowers in her hair.

Miranda – Island girl.
Miranda, stranded on a remote island as a child and only recently aware of the world of men, makes her own clothes from natural materials.

13 Cast Game

Portia – The woman who is determined to solve the crime
Efficient in her own peculiar way, Portia has an unusual method of solving crimes – she involves everyone!

Titania – Queen of the Fairies.
Titania, queen of moonlit magic, dresses like a dream in gauze and sparkles.

Viola – Sweet voiced courtier.
Surviving on her wits in a foreign court, Viola is disguised as an elegant young man.

Rosalind – Exile in the forest.
Rosalind, playing a game of double bluff, is disguised as a young man in woodland colours.

Juliet – Young girl in love.
Although a symbol of the power of youthful passion, Juliet wears demure nightwear.

Nurse – Juliet’s nurse.
With a large heart and a large bosom, Nurse wears the uniform of a nanny.

Lady Macbeth – Ambitious Northerner.
Lady Macbeth dresses to show her status and heritage as wife of Scottish nobleman Macbeth.

Jessica – Runaway bride.
Jessica took her miserly father’s gold when she eloped. She’s enjoying splashing out on her clothes and jewellery.

Cleopatra – The glamorous Queen of Egypt.
An empress in her own right and a lover of great warriors. She usually wears drapes and African beads

Ophelia – Poor little rich girl.
The innocent victim of a royal tragedy. Ophelia wears a pale flowing dress and flowers in her hair.

Miranda – Island girl.
Miranda, stranded on a remote island as a child and only recently aware of the world of men, makes her own clothes from natural materials.

Mistress Quickly – Tavern hostess.
Accustomed to keeping order in a lively London inn, Mistress Quickly dresses to reveal her greatest assets!

Desdemona – Faithful wife.
The intensely loved Italian wife of a North African general, Desdemona dresses modestly in rich fabrics.