Strictly come Murder

Strictly Come Murder!

The long-running TV series, Seriously Dancing, is now into its 14th contest. Hailed as bringing ballroom dancing back into the average viewer’s dining room, Seriously Dancing, hosted by the popular presenter Bruce Falseteeth, has been a surprising hit and the judges themselves have become household names. The show sees celebrities competing with each other for the Glitterball Trophy, dancing themselves silly with professional partners in an attempt to wow the judges.

However, this evening the show has been called to an abrupt halt. Bruce, the much loved presenter, has found murdered backstage! And it definitely wasn’t nice to see him to see him, to see him dead!

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This Game is Rated:

Mature

This game contains:

Content that may be suitable for ages 17 and older.

Including:
Murder – Two murders are undertaken, so violence is suggested.
Suggestive Themes – Mild provocative references or materials, mutliple affairs mentioned. Illigitimate child mentioned.

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

Reviews:

Sample

How it works:

Never hosted a murder mystery before?

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.

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:

Foxy Trott (Presenter)
A ray of sunshine and co-presenter of the show, Foxy brings both elegance and warmth to the contest and is always sparkling in her tailored dresses.

Leah Tard 
(Judge)
Extremely comely and well balanced, Leah is never short of a smile and her eyes sparkle.

Len Badguy 
(Lead Judge)
British Ballroom Champion and always dressed smartly in his tux, Len is a Londoner through and through and never minces his words.

Tony Buttontelli
 (Judge)
Extremely flamboyant and more than a little camp, Tony lives and breathes dance and always cuts a fine figure in his tailored Italian suits.

Charles Stone
 (Judge)
Always immaculately dressed, this lean Australian is not known for pulling any punches when he gives his opinion.

OPTIONAL EXTRA
 – Ballroom dancers – this game lends itself to having two different showcase dances at the start of rounds 1 and 3. These are fabulous when built into the evening as it really gives the guests that “wow” factor.