The Name of the Rose – Large group script

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Mother’s Day in the small country village of Seven Acorns sees the culmination of a month long competition to find the “Best Village Mother”; an honour which carries the reward of having a new hybrid rose named after the winning nominee.

The results are through and it is Felicity Good who has come out tops. Her family and friends, as well as a few choice local residents are awaiting her big moment in the grand marquee, but disaster strikes! Some dastardly person has cut every single last bloom from the new bushes!

Who could have done such a thing?

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1 review for The Name of the Rose – Large group script

  1. Just thought I would let you know that everyone had a great time on Saturday evening with the Name of the Rose – I could not believe how competitive they were! We cut out the final cast summaries due to time but it seemed to work well without them – many tables wanted to hand in their answers at the end of round 1 would you believe just to be the first to get their entry in!!! I had three kids tables too and they thoroughly enjoyed themselves competing against the adults. Kind regards Jan

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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.

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.

Essential Cast:
DC FInch – The policeman responsible for solving the crime
Efficient in his own peculiar way, DC Finch has an unusual method of solving crimes – he involves everyone!

Felicity Good – Nominated Best Village Mother
With kind heart and warm arms Felicity welcomes into her home any in need. With all her good works it is hardly surprising she won the village competition for “Best Mother”. And given her prestige today Felicity has wheeled out her best dress and coordinated accessories.

Reverend Ian Peabody
– Vicar
A typical English country village vicar. One could only describe Ian as scrawy, with a dog collar and woollen cardigan.

Veronica Peabody
– The Vicar’s wife
Domineering and completely in control over her surroundings, Veronica has grand aspirations for everybody. Needless to say, Veronica has turned out in her Sunday best for this grand occasion.

Simon Good – Felicity’s eldest son
With his own doctor’s surgery Simon is always busy and ever on call, with the result that he rarely goes anywhere without his doctor’s bag.

Tim Good – Felicity’s youngest son
Pale and weedy Tim rarely sees light of day, preferring instead the company of the books in his own second hand bookshop.

Paula Fox
– rebel teenager turned model citizen
Although she has put her rebel ways behind her, Paula still manages to look unruly whatever she wears. Today she has just selected something comfortable and uncoordinated.

Additional characters in the 9 cast game:

Reg Whittaker – Park Groundsman
Although in his best white shirt and trousers for the occasion, Reg couldn’t help but put on his wellies and utility apron as well.

Mavis Grind – Village Spinster
In honour of the grand occasion Mavis has located and blown the dust off her best outfit. Unfortunately she is out of fashion by forty years or more.

Additional characters in the 11 cast game:

Fred Barker
– Pub Landlord
In shirt sleeves and dark trousers with a tea-towel hanging out of the back pocket, Fred has just popped over from the local pub to pay his respects.

Joyce Hunter-Ingalls
– horticulturalist
With wide brimmed hat on her head to keep off the sun, and her best gardening gloves to hand in her pockets, Joyce is ready to tackle anything – green that is.

Additional characters in the 13 suspect game:

Max Graves – Local Reporter
With camera slung around his neck and a notepad ever to hand, Max is ready to scoop up any story – and this one takes the biscuit!

Jane Cox – Head Teacher
An imposing presence in anything, Jane positively oozes “stern headmistress” from every pore. Helped no doubt by the glasses perpetually worn on the end of the nose. You certainly wouldn’t want to be left waiting outside her office!

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.

Purchase Options

Earn up to 174 Loyalty Points.

This game is rated Everyone
This game contains:

content that may be suitable for persons ages 9 and older.

Alcohol Reference - Reference to and/or images of alcoholic beverages.


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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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