The Smashed Hits Poll Winners Murder – Large group script (mixed)

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Each year, pop stars all over the world wait eagerly for their nominations and subsequent invitations to the annual Smashed Hits Poll Winners Party. This year has been no exception.

Tensions are high already, but then disaster strikes – Doug, the evening’s presenter, is found dead – in the gents toilets!

With stars vying for awards there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that his death is the result of foul play – murder to be exact!

The only question is: which one of these famous pop stars actually committed the crime?

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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.

The inspector 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:
Inspector Stung – The policeman responsible for solving the crime
Efficient in his own peculiar way, Inspector Stung has an unusual method of solving crimes – he involves everyone!

Tom Groans In skin tight leather trousers, with a hairy chest and a medallion, Tom really gets his pelvis moving and groovin’ on or off stage.

Mimi Mia A member of the famous BABA pop group from Sweden, Mimi loves her psychedelic blouses, headbands and flares.

Elton Gone Well known for his taste (or lack of) in glasses and hats, Elton is well and truly in a class of his own.

May Donna Always in vogue with the latest fashion, May Donna is both stylish and sexy and dresses to show off her figure and fabulous dance routines.

Mike Jaggedy Lead singer of the Tumbling Rocks, there’s no mistaking Mike, in his colourful jacket and skin tight jeans.

Katie Shrub Romantically dressed, with enormous earrings and plunging neck lines, Katie never fails to pull in the men, even if her voice is so high she is close to shattering glass!

Additional characters in the 9 cast game:

Teddie Mercury With skin tight trousers, and usually very little else, except perhaps a vest top, or open jacket, Teddie has a real thing for hair gel. (Then again it isn’t uncommon to see him tight skirts, heels and a fluffy pink poloneck.)

Tina Turnaround
With a powerful voice, well proportioned legs and HAIR – Tina is simply the best around!

Additional characters in the 11 cast game:

Don Bon Jovi
Wearing enormous sunglasses and dressed entirely in denim, Don gives love a bad name and really lives life on a prayer.

Sheena Weston Dressed for her secretarial day job, Sheena always manages to catch the early train and work 9 to 5, before transforming into a pop singer at night.

Additional characters in the 13 cast game:

David Bow-wow With long and sometimes incredibly outrageous hairstyles David sometimes struggles to decide between fashion and fancy dress.

Annie Detox A thin, peroxide blond with minimalist style, Annie pays most attention to her lips – which, after all, are what earn her the cash!

2 reviews for The Smashed Hits Poll Winners Murder – Large group script (mixed)

  1. We had a fantastic evening with this game which was used as a fundraiser. The cast gave it there all – a mixture of complete amateurs and a drama group. They made the most of their costumes and a particular inspired bit of casting was Tina Turner played by a man! It need quite a lot of organising and preparation to make the evening run smoothly and we provided the MC for the evening. We coupled the Murder Mystery with a two course supper and a silent auction of promises. We made about £2500.

  2. Our party (with your game) went very well. The Detectives got very involved asking their questions. There was some very animated discussion after the three rounds on ‘who-did-it’ with the pop-stars themselves getting very in character and emotional in proclaiming their innocence!!! 2 of the 4 tables identified the murderer. One table was clear winner as they worked out the method as well. A very good evening. Many thanks!

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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.

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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 humour
Crude Humour - "Bathroom" humour
Strong Language - The word "bitch" is mentioned in the dialogues - this forms part of a song title.

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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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