Take down at the Tate

It is 1931, and Ronnie MacIntosh, the famous artist, has arranged for a private art exhibition for his friends before the Tate Gallery opens his work to the public.

However, when all the guests arrive MacIntosh is nowhere to be found – alive that is.

Taking artwork to a new height Ronnie appears to have committed suicide and is found hung from the ceiling surrounded by empty bottles of expensive champagne. Beside him is a small plaque which reads: “Pickled Artist”. As a career move it certainly increases the value of his sales – but did he really commit suicide, or was he murdered by one of his guests?

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This Game is Rated:


This game contains:

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

Sexual Themes – References to a pregnancy as the result of an affair. References to posing nude for paintings.
Alcohol Reference – Reference to and/or images of alcoholic beverages.
A murder – violence suggested.

Sexism – This game has a historical setting – as such it will contain attitudes towards women that some people may find offensive, but are historically accurate for the time period in which the game is set.

What is included?

Example pre-printed boxed set


Character booklets/scripts


Inspector CD / script


Instruction book


Decoration and recipe suggestions




Character name Labels


Invitation envelopes


1 review for Take down at the Tate

  1. Happy Customer

    Just to let you know that “Takedown at the Tate” went extremely well last Saturday – everyone had a great time, not least me as Lord Peter Whimsical (and I particularly enjoyed setting up the crime scene in the underground car park of our flats where everyone came at the end of the evening to deliver their closing statements and accusations amongst the empty champagne – well, sparkling wine – bottles under the hangman’s noose and pulleys). The murderer very nearly got away with it! Thanks for your excellent service and for customising the game – we will be back for more.

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How it works:

Don’t panic! There is no special acting required. Guests do not need to memorise any information, and everything they need to play their parts is provided in a handy booklet. The games are constructed so that everyone has to interact, and scripted dialogues are included to help break the ice and get everyone into character. Even total novices get into the swing of things quite quickly!

The game includes both sound files (MP3 with a download or CD with a boxed set) and a script for the inspector character who provides the setting, clues, and summaries for each round, as well as the final solution. This means as host you too can play and remain completely in the dark as to the culprit, or play the inspector yourself and invite an extra guest to the party!

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

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:

Hercule Pernod – Private detective
Unlike his Agatha Christie counterpart, Belgian private detective Hercule Pernod’s grey cells take more abuse from cracking cases of wine, than from cracking criminal cases. Even so, he does quite well for himself. He has a large apartment, and a large waistline.

Captain Pastings – Retired Captain and sports car fanatic
Captain Pastings is a decent sort of a chap, bursting with the energy and the inexperience of youth. After returning from serving in the forces in India he made his money in wallpaper manufacture.

Amelia Fairfart – Solo hot air balloonist
Solo female hot air ballooning expert Amelia Fairfart is lively and flamboyant, more than a match for any man at the party, though she has a soft spot for Captain Pastings.

Ernest Shingleton – Famous Explorer
Ernest Shingleton is a famous explorer. He is strong, dashing and brilliant and what’s more, he is head over heels in love with Laura Ghastly.

Laura Ghastly – Fashion and Interior designer
Laura Ghastly is a fashion and interior designer, though sometimes one wonders if she gets the curtain fabric muddled up with the clothing.

Vera Sin – High Society Club Hostess
Vera Sin runs the high society club “Bottoms Up”. She is an excellent hostess, attractive, smoothly spoken, good with names, and able to put people at their ease.

Customise this game

This game can be customised to fit your event for an additional fee.

It’s hard to give “ball park” figures for what different customisations would cost however we’ve attempted to HERE.  Please do contact us for a free quote if you would like any customisations on your game before purchase.

Remember… if you just need 1 extra person, or 1 less person, why not have someone play the inspector role?

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.