Storytelling Murder Mysteries
Style: Watch The Action.
Diamond Geezers/Daniel Blackheart
The simplest of all our murder mystery formats. We begin with a few fun ice-breakers which get everyone thinking, talking and laughing. Then two absorbing murder mystery tales are read out to everyone, with actors re-creating the key moments in each story. Terrible crimes are committed in both of them but the stories end before the names of the perpetrators are revealed. And, because we’ve written them, they aren’t stories you will hear anywhere else.
Copies are given out along with some extra clues. Working in teams, people use the information they’ve been given to try and come up with correct solutions to both crimes.
After they’ve made their accusations, the whole truth is revealed…
From “Daniel Blackheart”:
The figure in the black cape held his horse steady in the middle of the road, blocking the path of the coach. He pulled a pistol from his belt, aimed it at the coach driver and, in a voice loud enough to wake the dead, cried:
“Stand and deliver!”
“Odd’s teeth,” thought the driver, “why are highwaymen always so unoriginal?”
He pulled hard on the reins and brought the coach to a sudden, jarring halt…
From “Diamond Geezers”:
Harry, Larry and Barry is all successful businessmen what have got the best connections. Everyone what’s got a violent past knows, respects and fears them – and is most like on their payroll, too. Frankie “Big Boy” Blake, for instance; Ernie Tubbs; Fred Lockitt; Wild Bill Copley. All of them knows their place and knows better than to take on the boys. Besides rackets, heists, armed robbery, etc., what the boys really enjoys is diamonds…
The timings are meant as guidelines only.
2 p.m. Intro and audience warm up. Our actors introduce themselves, get people into teams, set the scene and warm everyone up with a few quick icebreakers.
2.20 p.m. Daniel Blackheart/Diamond Geezers. The two stories are read out, with actors re-creating the action contained in them in tableau form. Copies of the story are given to each team, along with some extra clues. Teams are invited to try and work out who committed each crime.
2.40 p.m. Incident Room Our lead detective (actor) takes questions from the teams publicly, then gives them a few more minutes to come up with their solutions.
2.50 p.m. Solution. Volunteers from each team join the actors onstage and stand in groups, according to who they think the murderer in Daniel Blackheart is. The correct solution is given by our detective and we make a note of the teams which got the answer right. The same process then happens with Diamond Geezers. If several teams get both answers right, there is a public play-off until one team is declared the overall winners.
3.00 p.m. The End!
Group Sizing and Timings
- For 10-250 people.
- 1-2 hours.
- Over a meal or without a meal.
- Any date which suits you, providing we have availability.
- Style: Watch The Action.
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“Mr. Rucastle, walking up and down, on the other side of the room, began to tell me a series of the funniest stories that I have ever listened to. You cannot imagine how comical he was, and I laughed until I was quite weary.”
Miss Hunter, The Adventure of the Copper Beeches