Murder Mystery Events
Fun-filled evenings with a credible (just)
crime to solve
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- Do we
provide events anywhere and at any time? Because of the cost of
travelling, we generally limit our field of operation to the North West
and Greater Manchester. That's not to say we don't or won't go further
afield - we've even travelled as far as Swindon - but in such cases we
need to cover the costs or the travel itself and overnight
accommodation. Realistically that can become very costly. But you never
know - give us a call and we can discuss it.
what do you provide? Easy.
We provide the
actors and enough evidence packs for each team.
- Q3 - So what don't you provide? It's
down to you to organise a venue and whatever catering you need.
(We can suggest suitable venues and even point you in the direction of
caterers if you wish.) We do not provide prizes, tickets or publicity
material. That said, we can, by arrangement, provide artwork for the
tickets and publicity (posters, flyers, etc.). We can also provide a
small number of prizewinner certificates on request.
- Q4 - What's the format of the evening? We
organise the evening around a sit-down meal. In our experience,
buffet meals do not work, because people expect to be able to get up
whenever they want to refill their plates, causing noise and
distraction for themselves and other guests, with the consequent
dangers of missing vital clues. Our approach is to present short "set
pieces" between courses, with opportunities for your guests to question
the suspects as they learn more from what's being said and from the
evidence presented. When all the evidence has been presented, your
guests are given a final ten or fifteen minutes to ask final questions,
during which time all suspects will visit all teams. At the end of that
time we hand out questionnaires; teams are asked who, why and how the
murder or murders were committed. Once the questionnaires are in we can
determine the winner(s), after which we present one final scene to
explain what actually happened.
- What if there's more than one winner?
Webuild a tie-break into every
event, ranging from questions about some detail in the script to a
funny limerick contest. It's extremely rare - though it has happened -
that any team gets everything right, but when two or more teams get a
comparable amount right, the tie-breaker is brought into play.
- Q6 - Will you act as waiters during the
special arrangement we will; we even have a few themes that are
built around that understanding. But please remember we are not
professional waiters - we have no qualifications in food hygiene, for
example. We can accept no responsibility for providing any sort of
Will you sell raffle tickets for us? Sometimes,
but strictly by prior arrangement,
depending on the theme.
Give us a call to discuss.
- Q8 -
How much does it cost? Bearing
in mind the venue, food and prizes are yours to fund, we make a
charge based on the number of guests at your event. We have a minimum
charge for any event (don't forget it's not just about a couple of
hours on the night; our actors need to learn lines and rehearse
beforehand). Other variable include the distance we have to travel and
the day of the week/year. Most of our actors have "day jobs" and like
their weekends off, but we're an unscrupulous lot and can usually be
persuaded to venture out at weekends by crossing our palms with hard
cash. Again, ask and we will tell.
- Q9 - What sort of places can you do events at? We
range from large hotels to
intimate private houses. We've done events for 80 and events for 12.
Obvious venues/occasions include restaurants (a good way to fill tables
on midweek quiet nights), sports and social clubs (great for
fundraising), hotels, private houses and so on. basically anywhere you
have a suitable room. Dying4Dinner also offers corporate events, for
celebrations, a break during conferences, celebratory parties, team
building days and so on. In such cases we endeavour to talk to you
about your business and products so as to theme the event around your
- Do you have insurance? Yes, we have full public and employee liability
insurance. Copies are
available on request if you book an event.
- Q11 - Is alcohol permitted? No,
it's encouraged!!! At the start
of these events, your guests are often a bit timid about letting down
their inhibitions and asking the suspects questions. Whatever your
views on alcohol, it does tend to be a good lubricant. Rest assured,
however, that (despite what you think you may be seeing) none of our
team drink any alcohol (or imbibe any other mind-altering substances)
before or during an event. Most will gasp their way to a bar
afterwards: these events can generate very dry throats.
- Q12 - Do we have to provide you with
you don't have to, but it is appreciated. These events are thirsty
work so any liquid refreshments, even as little as tap water, is always
greatly appreciated. Snack and nibbles got down well, too, but this is
- Q13 - Do the actors join in beforehand or remain
behind afterwards? If
you wish, or we'll stay out of sight if you prefer. Our aim is to
provide your guests with a complete evening's entertainment. We have a
couple of themes, however, that are surprises - your guests do not know
they are at a murder mystery until things start to happen.
- Q14 - Do you sell the scripts? Yes. Go to
http://www.scripts4theatre.com and click on Murder Mysteries