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.
Inspector Striving Gorse – The policeman responsible for solving the crime
Efficient in his own peculiar way, Inspector Striving Gorse has an unusual method of solving crimes – he involves everyone!
Ebenezer Stooge – Jacob Barley’s business partner
A wealthy white haired miser, Ebenezer’s clothes are extremely worn and nearly as old as he is.
Bella Deball – An eligible spinster
A handsome woman, Bella still has the ability to turn heads in her not –so-little black numbers.
Bob Scratchitt – Chief clerk to Jacob and Ebenezer
Struggling to make ends meet, Bob dresses as smartly as he can in regularly mended hand-me-downs of varying size.
Clara Net – Ebenezer’s niece
Young, attractive and with a liking for the trappings of high society, Clara Net has exceptional taste in clothing and looks stunning.
Fred Nephew – Jacob Barley’s godson
A smart banker, Fred Nephew is always in a well cut suit.
Wanda Scratchitt – Bob Scratchitt’s wife
A comely but not unattractive woman, Wanda spends a lot of time engaged in domestic tasks and usually wears an apron.
Additional characters in the 9 cast game:
Tiny Tom – Son of Bob and Wanda Scratchitt
Crippled since birth, Tiny Tom walks with crutches and wears his father’s clothes which have been patched and cut down to size.
Christine Present – Jacob Barley’s housekeeper
With an apron and a work-worn dress, Christine Present is a cheery bustling individual.
Additional characters in the 11 cast game:
Mr. Fuzzywig – Business acquaintance of Mr. Barley
Smartly dressed and full of energy and plans, Mr. Fuzzywig enjoys company and a few too many tipples.
Mrs. Dibley – Jacob Barley’s laundress
In faded clothing which is always spotlessly clean, Mrs. Dibley is always ready for work.
Additional characters in the 13 cast game:
Nick Wilkins – Apprentice to Barley and Stooge
Lean, and paid even less than Bob Scratchitt, Nick only just manages to scratch together some suitable business clothing.
Christmas Past – A merry widow
Still relatively young and attractive, Christmas is on the look out for a new rich husband and dresses to attract the right man.