Thou Shalt Not Kill! – Large group script

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Bosthorpe Evangelical Church has been a part of the community since 1766. It is an active, people oriented, Bible-believing church, whose members strive to teach, encourage, disciple and assist one another; promoting Christian fellowship service and growth.

Up until tonight, the church was not atypical amongst the local evangelical church community, but now it stands apart as wholly unique. There has been a murder!

Don Riting, the church secretary, has been found dead in the church entrance porch just minutes before the midweek church members meeting.

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3 reviews for Thou Shalt Not Kill! – Large group script

  1. This was our second time having a murder mystery dinner party for our church parish life. Everyone has enjoyed it so much that it will probably become an annual event. I just wish I wasn’t in charge of it so that I could join in on the fun! Joanne is a pleasure to “work” with. She answers questions promptly and is very supportive. No complaints whatsoever!


  3. Had great fun recently running the ‘Thou Shalt Not Kill’ for our charity evening, it was an amazing success, a sell out once again, with everyone having a great time and all looking forward to our next event. Arranging the evening is relative easy to set up and use, as long as you have a team of committed people who will play the parts and you have an audience who are there to have some fun while raising money for charity… it will be a success Anot-her great script, the plot and storyline were easy to follow, great characters everyone in the cast had a great time playing their roles If you are looking for a ‘Village Church Event’ then this story is for you and is worth running as a charity ‘fund raising’ event… highly recommended.

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

Rev. Al Ation – Vicar
In dog collar and dark suit, Rev Al. Ation is a bible thumping vicar intent on ensuring everyone’s salvation!

Ivora Keys – Organist
Elderly, in nylon unflattering dresses, Ivora is hard of hearing and has very thick glasses. Given her age, it’s a wonder she manages to play the organ at all, then again, perhaps that does explain things…

Ben Counting – Church Treasurer
In smart business suit, Ben is always looking to secure gift aid donations and regularly seen with a calculator and financial paper in his hands.

Alta Cleff – Choir Mistress
In floral dress and always with her song sheets to hand, Alta has perfect pitch and is known for spontaneously breaking into song.

Stew Ard – Part of the welcome team
With a friendly handshake and smart casual dress, Stew is usually the first person to greet any new arrivals.

Lena Lesson
– Sunday School teacher
With a stereotypical school mistress air, Lena is dressed formally and is always checking people with their memory verses.

Additional characters in the 9 cast game:

Mike Check – A.V. Technician
Smothered in cabling and clutching plugs and microphones, Mike is always dressed in black so he can slip around unnoticed at the back of the church to adjust the sound quality.

Jenna Sis – Church Member
Always prone to temptations, especially where shopping is concerned, Jenna is the height of fashion and dresses to the nines.

Additional characters in the 11 cast game:

Len De’Hand – Church Handyman
Never without his tool kit Len is often scruffily attired as he is always mending things or doing the gardening.

Anne Tique – Old church member
In very dated clothing and hat, Anne is the oldest church member on the books.

Additional characters in the 13 cast game:

Al Zeihmers – Forgetful ex-missionary
Never sure whether he is coming or going, Al, is dressed for any weather and any time of day all at once.

Dee Ciple – Christian Bookshop owner
In a smart business suit, Dee always arrives prepared with a book list suitable for any eventuality.

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.

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Earn up to 174 Loyalty Points.

This game is rated Teen
This game contains:

content that may be suitable for persons ages 13 and older.

A murder - violence suggested.


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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:
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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.  

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