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For those who have never attended a Murder Mystery, it might be helpful to explain exactly what happens. Although every event is different, to meet the needs and wishes of the customer, they do generally follow a similar pattern.
Well, it starts, obviously, with a murder! Some people like to see the body in all its gory detail, others prefer not to. That choice is yours although, in some situations, it will not be possible to view the body (in those cases, a photograph of the body is provided). During the event, actors will act out the roles of all those who might be suspects and perform scenarios which provide clues to who committed the dastardly deed! They will also move around amongst those present and give everyone a chance to chat and question them. Participants may also receive other clues in the form of photographs, maps, official reports and diagrams. The objective is simple: participants must use all of the clues to deduce who the murderer (or murderers, because there may well be accomplices) is/are and what the motive was,(and of course to have a lot of fun in the process!).
One of Murder by Appointment's own "detectives" will always be on hand to act as Master of Ceremonies. He or she will ensure that the event goes well and everyone has a good time. They are skilled in leading participants through the event with humour and ensuring all have an equal chance to arrive at the right conclusion. You can choose one of our own bumbling detectives (Inspector Catchem or Superintendant Crowther) or from a range of popular fictional detectives Clouseau, Frost, etc. We are currently not able to use any of Agatha Christie's characters (Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple) due to copyright issues.
All of our actors are experienced in many forms of theatrical drama and have amassed considerable expertise in Murder Mysteries, including the ability to improvise and remain in character throughout your event.
Whether you be the organizer of a private party or the owner of a Public House, Hotel, Club, etc, it is your responsibility to invite your guests.
At most functions, it is normal to start with informal drinks during which the actors (in character) will mingle with the guests and introduce themselves. It is for you to decide how you then wish the evening to proceed. You may wish to serve dinner or a buffet. Whatever you wish, Murder by Appointment will work around your plans and our "detective" (Master of Ceremonies) will be well used to adapting the proceedings to fit your wishes.
You may wish to consider the following too.
Murder by Appointment has a vast collection of murder scenarios (all written by Derek) but we can cater for most requests for specific themes. The following list are currently available (adapted as necessary to meet your wishes), but others can be written specifically for your event, if your preferred scenario is not listed here. Please also note that scenarios requiring costumes may increase our fee to cover hire costs, although the company has an extensive wardrobe department that can cater for many of our regular themes.
LORDS & LADIES
THE GOLF CLUB
WORLD WAR II
DOCTORS & NURSES
THE LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER
THE ROMAN EMPIRE
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN
CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR THEMES
Note that, for themed events, we encourage our customers (but do not insist, of course), to dress appropriately for the theme.
What is provided by Murder by Appointment?
Regardless of the type of event or its location, Murder by Appointment do NOT provide: food, drink, accommodation, transport (other than for our own travel) or the venue for the event.
Murder by Appointment DO provide:
All personnel required for the Murder Mystery and an original script.
All documentation including:
notepaper and pencil for evidence recording,
documentary evidence (maps, diagrams, photographs and reports) as required by script
Prizes: Typically good quality champagne and framed certificate for winner/s.
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